All USA/All State Academic Team
Each year the AWC Honors Council recommends two AWC students to represent the College in the ALL USA competition facilitated and sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for the Two Year College, and USA Today.
Arizona is one of the most generous states regarding the All State Scholarship. The three major Arizona universities (NAU, ASU, and Univ. of Arizona) currently agree to provide tuition waivers for four semesters to two students from every Arizona community college - that is, to the two students who win the All State (All Arizona) Scholarship.
"The All-USA Academic Team for Community Colleges competition is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the American Association of Community Colleges and USA TODAY. This program recognizes scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community, technical and junior colleges." (www.ptk.org)
The Honors Council considers nominee applications with outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, honors and recognition for academic achievement, and service to the college community.
There is ONE single application, available at www.ptk.org in the early fall of each year, that covers many scholarships, including the All USA/All State Scholarship.
Students complete the application entirely online. The deadline is sometime in mid-November; the deadline is firm. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must have their completed applications and other required materials (recommendation letters, transcripts, etc.) submitted digitally to PTK before the deadline. There are no exceptions.
The centerpiece of the nomination is the 500-word essay describing the nominee's most significant endeavor while attending community college in which the student extended his or her community college education to benefit the school, community or society. Students who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in service learning, who contributed to scholarly research, or who have made lasting contributions to your campus or community may make excellent candidates. If endeavors are not yet complete, they must be far enough along so that the nominee and advisor can discuss the specifics of work done thus far.
Must be enrolled at a community college through December 2015.
One also must have a cumulative college-level GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for all course work with in last five years. If student has been in more than one school all transcripts will be recalculated to determine the cumulative GPA for college-level coursework. GPA evaluation at point of application.
Students must be on track to earn an associate's or bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of 36 semester-long college-level credits completed at or transferred to a community college by December 31, 2015. Students must also complete 48 semester-long college level credits by August 31, 2016. Also must have a minimum of 30 semester-long college-level credit hours completed at a community college in past five years.
Developmental or remedial coursework, such as pre-algebra or basic writing, will be removed when determining number of cumulative for GPA.
If nominated previously that student cannot participate again.
Must have a clean community college record showing no probation, suspension or other serious disciplinary action. Nominee must not have a criminal record, and if a convicted felon must have all conditions of sentencing, including probation, completed.
Students DO NOT need to be a Phi Theta Kappa member to apply for the All USA/All State Scholarship, but those who are PTK members must also apply for the Guistwhite Scholar Program or come see Nominator for more info on the scholarship.
Judging and Awards
The members of the Arizona Western College Honors Council review the applications and select 2 students to receive the All-Arizona scholarships - full tuition waivers to ASU, NAU, or Univ. of Arizona for 4 semesters.
Independent Judges at the national level select 20 members for the first team of USA TODAY ALL-USA academic team.
All applications must be completed and submitted ONLINE by: Dec. 1, 2pm AZ time.
ONLINE application: http://www.ptk.org/sites/default/files/docs/scholarships/details/allusa_nominee_info.pdf
Enrollment key: to come (Arizona Western College)