Hites Transfer Scholarship

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The Hites Transfer Scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement and rigor, engagement in college and community activities, and leadership accomplishment of Phi Theta Kappa members preparing to transfer to senior institutions in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

The scholarships are funded by a scholarship endowment established in 2010 as a result of a matching grant from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation. The first Hites Scholars were announced in 2010, expanding Phi Theta Kappa’s commitment to support transfer students in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

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 a Phi Theta Kappa member 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 to study on a full-time basis in his/her program of study.
  • 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 Applicants

Historically, Hites Transfer Scholars have been involved in civic and honors programs, participated in research, and have had their research findings published. Their study of educational materials leads them to a better understanding of how education impacts the human drive, not to just succeed, but to overcome.

Pushing the limits of academic offerings, Hites Transfer Scholars are also striving to make a difference. They seek ways to enrich the personal educational experience of not only themselves, but others around them. They work to empower others to succeed in academia and have varied interests outside the academic realm. Community involvement and significant impact on the campus and in the community lead to accolades from both peers and administrators. Hites Transfer Scholars do not fear failure, rather embrace it as a learning experience and an opportunity to move forward.

What are judges looking for when reviewing Hites Transfer Scholarship Applications?
Judges are interested in the discussion questions that deal with academics and academic leadership. Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor, breadth and depth of coursework and relevance to stated major field of study. As with other programs, 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 deadline has passed.

Recipients

2021

Katy Ayers | Central Community College | Nebraska
Veronica Boahene | Valencia College | Florida
Preston Hong | Saddleback College | California
Amy Joffrion | Tyler Junior College | Texas
Ronsard Mondesir | Miami Dade College | Florida
Yasaman Nassab | Irvine Valley College | California
Trent Taylor | Wake Technical Community College | North Carolina
Jade Tollis | Bergen Community College | New Jersey
Angela White | Pima Community College | Arizona
Jacquelyn White | Johnson County Community College | Kansas

2020

Shayna Berman | Montgomery College | Maryland
Erisa Ganellari | Bergen Community College | New Jersey
Michael Huizar | Saddleback College | California
Michelle Karlsberg | Montgomery College | Maryland
Huzaifa Khawaja | Napa Valley College | California
Tyler McKenzie | Redlands Community College | Oklahoma
Daniel Mirman | Passaic County Community College | New Jersey
Davidson Nzekwe-Daniel | Broward College | Florida
Justin West | Tulsa Community College | Oklahoma
Lance Wood | Hillsborough Community College | Florida

2019

Orion Barber | SUNY Broome Community College | New York
Alejandro Garcia | Miami Dade College | Florida
Lillyan Haack | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas
Michelle Huang | Skyline College | California
Kirubel Moges | Richland College | Texas
Abderahim Salhi | Hudson County Community College | New Jersey
Philippe Schicker | Citrus College | California
Samiha Wafi Sharif | Collin College | Texas
Surbhi Sharma | Community College of Allegheny County | Pennsylvania
Amy Yager | Des Moines Area Community College | Iowa

2018

Andrea Lucia Alfonso | County College of Morris | New Jersey
Kassi Blanchard | Everett Community College | Washington
Téa Burdine | Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College | Mississippi
Mariantonieta Chavez | Miami Dade College | Florida
Chesney Davis | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas
Brenda Godoy | Northeast Texas Community College | Texas
Bernard Kondenar | College of Lake County | Illinois
Maxwell Manning | Mesa Community College | Arizona
Tetyana Rudenko | Montgomery College | Maryland
Sarah Stockman | Houston Community College | Texas

2017

Juliana Maria Arias Gonzalez | State College of Florida | Florida
Rachel Coakley | Bergen Community College | New Jersey
Rachel Diaz | Miami Dade College | Florida
Garrett Thayne Encinas | Pima Community College | Arizona
Trevor Finnan | Illinois Valley Community College | Illinois
Janah May Oclaman | Skyline College | California
Ethan O’Connell | Quinsigamond Community College | Massachusetts
Ashlee Osier | Des Moines Area Community College | Iowa
Daniel Kwame Owusu | Westchester Community College | New York
Ashley Sneddon | Glendale Community College | Arizona

2016

William Anderson | Feather River College | California
Jessica Artinger
| Orange Coast College | California
Susan Barger | Mesa Community College | Arizona
Rachel Heinicke | Suffolk County Community College | New York
Janai Heise | Hagerstown Community College | Maryland
Saran Kaba | Tarrant County College | Texas
Maha Naveed | Tarrant County College | Texas
George Pandya | Arapahoe Community College | Colorado
Lacey Parham | Owensboro Community and Technical College | Kentucky
Tamara Russell | Mt. San Jacinto College | California

2015

Nathaniel Bush | Central Arizona College | Arizona
Maylin Caldwell
| Palomar College | California
Mary Gladbach | Johnson County Community College | Kansas
Spencer Haydary | Rock Valley College | Illinois
Ryan Joseph | Delgado Community College | Louisiana
Robin Keel | Motlow State Community College | Tennessee
Rachael Nelson | Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College | Mississippi
Hyo Jung Shin | Queensborough Community College | New York
Andrew Sypher | Mesa Community College | Arizona
Wafa Zeidan | Skyline College | California

2014

Stacey Dawes | Connors State College | Oklahoma
Renee Duffy
| SUNY Ulster | New York
Laura Edwards | Howard Community College | Maryland
Holly Highfill | Santa Barbara City College | California
Chuong Nguyen Le | Orange Coast College | California
Megan Oleno | Paradise Valley Community College | Arizona
Halina Rachelson | Miami Dade College | Florida
Donald Evans Rimel | State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota | Florida
Heather Smyth | Mesa Community College | Arizona
Jessie Warme | College of the Canyons | California

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