Guistwhite Scholarship Program

The Guistwhite Scholarship recognizes Phi Theta Kappa members for engagement and participation in Phi Theta Kappa chapter activities and societal programs, while also exhibiting leadership accomplishments and outstanding academic achievement during the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

The Guistwhite Scholarship honors Phi Theta Kappa International Honorary Member Dr. Jack Guistwhite and his wife, Margaret. Dr. Guistwhite developed the first transfer scholarship designated exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members.

Eligibility – Students MUST:

  • Be currently enrolled through December 2021 in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours [or nine (9) quarter credit hours] of associate degree, college-level coursework at the time of application.
  • Be an active member of Phi Theta Kappa in good standing.
  • Hold a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all college-level coursework completed in the past five years.
    • Include all transcripts, fall 2016 – present.
    • GPA is evaluated at the time of application, and no courses can be marked as incomplete.  Student must maintain GPA until transfer to a four-year college.
  • Intend to transfer to a regionally accredited four-year college in fall 2022.
    • Student must be admitted in his/her major program of study and be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester (or the quarterly equivalent).
  • Have completed a minimum of 45 college-level semester credit hours (or the quarterly equivalent) by December 31, 2021, and at least 50 college-level semester credit hours (or the quarterly equivalent) at the time of transfer to a four-year college.
  • Hold temporary or permanent residency in the country of the college the student is attending OR must possess a visa considered appropriate by the college.
    • Please see our Articles Section for acceptable documents verifying proof of citizenship.

Tips for Guistwhite Scholarship Applicants

Potential Guistwhite Scholars exhibit increasing participation in their Phi Theta Kappa chapter and other campus activities. They typically initiate partnerships with other campus organizations to increase participation in events on the campus and in the community.  Past scholars have established, developed or co-founded programs, projects or organizations designed to improve student life, community environments or campus events. They have organized various efforts on campus or in the community, and they engage with a variety of audiences to increase participation in their chapter activities or to increase membership in their chapter.

What are judges looking for when reviewing Guistwhite Scholarship Applications?

Judges are interested in the discussion question that deals with the most significant Phi Theta Kappa activity the applicant has been involved in, although the application is judged on the holistic picture it gives the judging panels. Applicants who can effectively provide information in all sections provided will find that their application is more competitive and paints a clearer picture of who they are to the judges. Students who begin the application process early and seek the input and guidance of others will typically have a stronger application for this and other programs.

Scholarship Application Deadline: December 1, 2021, at 5 PM CST.

Recipients

2021

Frimpong Boateng | Joliet Junior College | Illinois

Bekim Bruka | Bergen Community College | New Jersey

Ferdinando Castro Gonzalez | Richland College | Texas

Daniel Goodman | College of Central Florida | Florida

Sadokat Khakimova | San Jacinto College | Texas

Yuliia Lane | Oakland Community College | Michigan

Garrett Norwine | Collin College | Texas

Heather O’Donnell | Brookdale Community College | New Jersey

Bianca Isabelle Osma | Passaic County Community College | New Jersey

Isra Qureshi | Richland College | Texas

Leeanna Rutigliano | Suffolk County Community College | New York

Ana Lucia Soto Velazquez | Pima Community College | Arizona

Chi Linh Thi Tran | Tacoma Community College | Washington

Angelina Wilson | Feather River College | California

Skyler Wyly | Central Arizona College | Arizona

2020

Abigaly Atonal Rodriguez | Mesa Community College | Arizona

Mary Brown | Chipola College | Florida

Nathaniel Golus | Des Moines Area Community College | Iowa

Charles Kerry Griffith | Gadsden State Community College | Alabama

Anahi Hernandez | Tyler Junior College | Texas

Steffanie Hills | Schoolcraft College | Michigan

Robert Krasowski | Bergen Community College | New Jersey

Jacob Lambie | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas

Shelby Lynch | Mesa Community College | Arizona

Valerie Mackey | Reading Area Community College | Pennsylvania

Cory Morris | National Park College | Arkansas

Cole Peloquin | Saddleback College | California

Jacaranda Peralta | Mountain View College | Texas

Abderahim Salhi | Hudson County Community College | New Jersey

Jenna Santacroce | Bergen Community College | New Jersey

2019

Erin Cox | York Technical College | South Carolina

Chesney Davis | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas

Cam Do | Bunker Hill Community College | Massachusetts

Lauren Eccles | Walters State Community College | Tennessee

Victor Garnica | Miami Dade College | Florida

Citlali Gutierrez | Chipola College | Florida

Amanda Hatch | Northland Pioneer College | Arizona

JaelAnn Hoover | Cloud County Community College | Kansas

Christopher Hunt | Mesa Community College | Arizona

Sharon Jang | Tacoma Community College | Washington

Brooklyn Knight | Owensboro Community & Technical College | Kentucky

Tyler McKenzie | Redlands Community College | Oklahoma

David Parker | Collin College | Texas

Brooke Sherman | Chandler-Gilbert Community College | Arizona

Dylan Yee | Community College of Allegheny County | Pennsylvania

2018

Michael Aguilar | Lone Star College | Texas

Heber Bibang | Mountain View College | Texas

Laura Clark | Odessa College | Texas

Lauren Easter | Pima Community College | Arizona

Rachel Eccles | Walters State Community College | Tennessee

Edward Gaskin | Union County College | New Jersey

Breana Houska | St. Louis Community College | Missouri

Ashley Kirkland | Miami Dade College | Florida

Mei Ling Lai | Skyline College | California

Felicia Molzon | Suffolk County Community College | New York

Kyle Mondino | Quinsigamond Community College | Massachusetts

Camila Silva Monroe | Arapahoe Community College | Colorado

Johnathan Speakman | Mesa Community College | Arizona

Riki Treadway | Lone Star College | Texas

Jason Ward | College of Western Idaho | Idaho

2017

Maria Veronica Aguilera | Florida Southwestern State College | Florida

Justin Alozie | Tarrant County College | Texas

Manny Bouskila | Los Angeles Valley College | California

Alexa Greer | Coconino Community College | Arizona

Bruce Hyde | Cuyahoga Community College | Ohio

Alexandra Krantzler | De Anza College | California

Olamide Lewis | North Lake College | Texas

Andrew Marshall | Northeast Mississippi Community College | Mississippi

Anthony Mercurio | Suffolk County Community College | New York

Matthew Miller | Dyersburg State Community College | Tennessee

Sadiya Patel | North Lake College | Texas

Leah Porter | Arapahoe Community College | Colorado

Wali Rizvi | Harper College | Illinois

Emmalea Shaw | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas

Michael Stark | Phoenix College | Arizona

2016

Tiffany Avalos-Lopez | Lone Star College | Texas

Amie Bernstein | Suffolk County Community College | New York

Aaron Dean | Quinsigamond Community College | Massachusetts

Yanik Etan | College of Central Florida | Florida

Kaeshier Fernandez | Calhoun Community College | Alabama

Elisandra Fini | Suffolk County Community College | New York

Patrick Fritz | Piedmont Virginia Community College | Virginia

Angelica Fuentes | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas

Maria Gonzalez-Trevino | Lone Star College | Texas

Walter Harris | Hinds Community College | Mississippi

Justin Jones | Georgia Highlands College | Georgia

Natalie Beth Seales | Jones County Junior College | Mississippi

Alexis R. Slade | Des Moines Area Community College | Iowa

Leigh Swistock | Carroll Community College | Maryland

Elizabeth Taylor | Grayson College | Texas

2015

Pelkins Ajanoh | Tarrant County College | Texas

Vernell Brown, Jr. | Delaware Technical Community College | Delaware

Kayleah Cumpian | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas

Brianna DiSanza | Germanna Community College | Virginia

Tiernan Ebener | Illinois Valley Community College | Illinois

Caroline France | Greenville Technical College | South Carolina

Alina Ghulam Rasool | Cottey College | Missouri

Michael Ippoliti | Burlington County College | New Jersey

Deanna Keller | Lake Superior College | Wisconsin

Valerie Le Grande | Mesa Community College | Arizona

Richard Matthews | Texas State Technical College | Texas

Eric Mueller | Independence Community College | Kansas

Janel Orton | Southeastern Community College | Iowa

Heba Ramadan | Lone Star College-Tomball | Texas

Sarah Taha | San Diego Mesa College | California

2014

Lilliam Alexa Acosta | Collin College | Texas

Kayla Duchaine | Eastern Florida State College | Florida

Noah Griffin | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas

Matthew Jordan | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas

Michelle L. Kemeny | Mesa Community College | Arizona

Aline Kraus | Central Arizona College Arizona

Kyu Hee Lee | Northern Virginia Community College | Virginia

Urbano Lino | Tyler Junior College | Texas

Keari Little | Mohawk Valley Community College | New York

Jill Loffert | Allegany College of Maryland | Maryland

Sofia C. Medina | Essex County College | New Jersey

Brooks Anne Mitchell | Darton State College | Georgia

Tina Nguyen | Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College | Mississippi

Maureen Njuguna | Mt. San Jacinto College | California

Makiko Omori | Madison Area Technical College | Wisconsin

Maria Del Carmen Orduna | North Lake College | Texas

Rebecca Sepaugh | East Mississippi Community College | Mississippi

Juanita “JD” Spencer | Clatsop Community College | Oregon

Michelle Truong | Darton State College | Georgia

Isaac Ward | Broome Community College | New York

2013

Jessica Abfalter | Northwestern Michigan College | Michigan

Yannel Celestrin | Miami Dade College | Florida

Miranda Davis | Dyersburg State Community College | Tennessee

Katherine Dunklee | Howard Community College | Maryland

Erica Gianakon | Hutchinson Community College | Kansas

Mayra Gutierrez | Central Arizona College | Arizona

Olga Homonchuk | Normandale Community College | Minnesota

Phillippe Ly | Orange Coast College | California

Taren Nance | Wor-Wic Community College | Maryland

Angelina Nance | Clark State Community College | Ohio

Devin Oakes | Mesa Community College | Arizona

Deanna Pack | Jefferson State Community College | Alabama

Kristen Regehr | Hutchinson Community College | Kansas

Christine Sim | Delgado Community College | Louisiana

Awais Spall | Mt. San Antonio College | California

Kim Stingo | Palm Beach State College | Florida

Jacqueline Watkins | Kirkwood Community College | Iowa

Tracy Weimer | Lane Community College | Oregon

Joshua Yancey | Somerset Community College | Kentucky

Ashley Young | Hillsborough Community College | Florida

2012

Carla Berenice Alvarez-Valverde | Essex County College | New Jersey

Billy Joe Ammons, Jr. | Lurleen B. Wallace Community College | Alabama

Garrett Bosse | Calhoun Community College | Alabama

Austin Brooke Christopher | Carl Albert State College | Oklahoma

David Corgan | Anoka-Ramsey Community College | Minnesota

Cathleen Goodell | Coconino Community College | Arizona

Isaac Benjamin Griffin | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas

Duy Le | Santa Ana College | California

Michelle Longley | Northern Maine Community College | Maine

Thuy Vy Thi Luu | Kapi’olani Community College | Hawaii

Valerie Machovec | Arapahoe Community College | Colorado

Kelly Miller | Coconino Community College | Arizona

Alyssa Munns | Chipola College | Florida

Joseph O’Neill | Broward College | Florida

Faith Proper | Palm Beach State College | Florida

Maral Sakayan | College of the Canyons | California

Byron Simmons | Atlanta Metropolitan College | Georgia

Esteban Smith | H. Lavity Stoutt Community College | British Virgin Islands

Mark Valentine | Middlesex Community College | Massachusetts

Jordy White | Jones County Junior College | Mississippi

2011

Ashraf Amadou | Essex County College | New Jersey

Rachel Champoux | Southern Maine Community College | Maine

Kelly Daves | Tarrant County College | Texas

Onjalai Flake | Mt. Hood Community College | Oregon

Kellee Green | Long Beach City College | California

Wesley Greene | Pensacola State College | Florida

Christopher Jennings | South Florida Community College | Florida

Trevor Johnson | Mississippi Gulf Coast Community | Mississippi

Yamato Kaneko | Citrus College | California

Kevin Keleher | Mesa Community College | Arizona

Daniel Leon | Seminole State College of Florida | Florida

Rebecca Morgan | Cape Fear Community College | North Carolina

Dayani Pieri | Oakton Community College | Illinois

Caitlyn Prichard | Chipola College | Florida

William Puetz | Western Iowa Tech Community College | Iowa

David Seale | County College of Morris | New Jersey

Stacey Slintak | Rock Valley College | Illinois

Shawn Yates | Hocking College | Ohio

Siew Sei Yee | Scottsdale Community College | Arizona

Leonie de Jonge | Lake Region State College | North Dakota

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