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