Haley Bucsanyi, a student at Northeast Texas Community College in Texas, has been named the 2020 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Bucsanyi is a first-generation college student majoring in Biological Science. She serves as her Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s vice president and volunteers with a local nonprofit cat rescue dedicated to helping the feline population. Last fall, she was selected to serve as a Texas State Parks and Wildlife Ambassador, and her career goal is to become a Texas State Park Biologist so that she can work to manage and conserve the native park ecosystems.
The Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholarship is presented to the Texas applicant with the highest score from Phi Theta Kappa’s Scholarship Application, which helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs.
Dr. Mary Hood served as Texas Regional Coordinator for 18 years and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors at the time of her death in 2011. The Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholarship was established in her memory, providing scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members in Texas.