Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society: 50 New Century Scholars Receive $100,000 in Scholarships

NDSCS's Sara Holcomb
NDSCS's Sara Holcomb

Fifty community college students from the United States and American Samoa have been named 2015 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of $100,000 in scholarships. The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.

The New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa, share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. More than 1,700 students were nominated from more than 1,000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, plus one student from among one of the seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. Each scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and be presented at the American Association of College Presidents (AACC) Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible – especially during these challenging economic times.”

The 2015 New Century Scholars are:

Alabama- Catherine Kennedy, Alabama Southern Community College- Thomasville Campus
Alaska- Gayle Kildal, Prince William Sound Community College- Valdez Campus
American Samoa- Leli'a Chang, American Samoa Community College- Pago Pago Campus
Arizona- Valerie Le Grande, Mesa Community College- Southern/Dobson Campus
Arkansas- Myrlinda Huff, Northwest Arkansas Community College- Main Campus
California- Sarah Taha, San Diego Mesa College- San Diego Campus
Colorado- John Whatley, Arapahoe Community College- Littleton Campus
Connecticut- Keri Renner, Manchester Community College- Manchester Campus
Delaware- Vernell Brown, Delaware Technical Community College- Wilmington Campus
Florida- Zeinab Noureddine, Miami Dade College- InterAmerican Campus
Georgia- Aemah Badri, Georgia Perimeter College- Clarkston Campus
Hawaii- Reschi Karla Ramo, Leeward Community College- Pearl City Campus
Idaho- Lisa Snyder, College of Western Idaho- Nampa Campus
Illinois- Ashley Williams, Illinois Valley Community College- Oglesby Campus
Indiana- Jacob Hornung-Betz, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana- Sellersburg Campus
Iowa- Janel Orton, Southeastern Community College- West Burlington Campus
Kansas- Thaina Dos Santos Jensen, Highland Community College- at Kansas Campus
Kentucky- Berniece Combs, Somerset Community College- Laurel Campus
Louisiana- Stephen Martinez, Baton Rouge Community College- Baton Rouge Campus
Maine- Saman Baghestani, Southern Maine Community College- South Portland Campus
Maryland- Mason Buran, Montgomery College- Rockville Campus
Massachusetts- Quan Nguyen, Bunker Hill Community College- Boston Campus
Michigan- Kathy Tahtinen, Northwestern Michigan College- Traverse City Campus
Minnesota- Audua Pugh, North Hennepin Community College- Brooklyn Park Campus
Mississippi- Jordan Davis, Meridian Community College- Meridian Campus
Missouri- Alina Ghulam Rasool, Cottey College- Nevada Campus
Montana- Tiffany Benner, Miles Community College- Miles City Campus
Nebraska- Ethan Nelson, Western Nebraska Community College- Scottsbluff Campus
Nevada- Ewelina Obrochta, College of Southern Nevada- Charleston / North Las Vegas Campus
New Hampshire- Evan Lawrence, Great Bay Community College- Stratham Campus
New Jersey- Rhonda Richardsen, Bergen Community College- Paramus Campus
New Mexico- Heather Kangas, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo- Alamogordo Campus
New York- Anastassiya Neznanova, LaGuardia Community College- Long Island City Campus
North Carolina- Paulette Gardner, Asheville-Buncombe Tech. Comm. College- Technical Campus
North Dakota- Sara Holcomb, North Dakota State College of Science- Wahpeton Campus
Ohio- Hannah Kiraly, Cuyahoga Community College- Western Campus
Oklahoma- Macie Gillock, Redlands Community College- El Reno Campus
Oregon- Tuong Hoang, Portland Community College- Rock Creek Campus
Pennsylvania- Aaron Rosengarten, Northampton Community College- Main Campus
Rhode Island- Allison Contillo, Community College of Rhode Island- Liston/Providence Campus
South Carolina- Caroline France, Greenville Technical College- Greenville Campus
Tennessee- Brandon Hayes, Walters State Community College- Morristown Campus
Texas- Jhoalmo Sibrian, Tarrant County College- Southeast Campus
Utah- David Godoy, Salt Lake Community College- Salt Lake City Campus
Vermont- Rachel Friedman, Landmark College- Putney Campus
Virginia- Brianna DiSanza, Germanna Community College- Fredericksburg Campus
Washington- David Yama, South Seattle College- South Campus
West Virginia- Jennifer Miller, New River Community & Tech. College- Lewisburg Campus
Wisconsin- Ryan Boyer, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College- Green Bay Campus
Wyoming- Tessa Robinson, Gillette College- Gillette Campus

About Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, MS, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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