Honoring Outstanding Students: 2016 All-Georgia Awards

Georgia students were honored March 3, 2016, at the All-Georgia Luncheon. Keynote speaker State Representative Keisha Waites spoke on the importance of education, and described her own time as a student within Georgia’s two-year college system, and how that experience contributed to her success.

Student honorees were as follows:

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Sheila Norvell
Leah Satonica
Andrew College
Samantha Gidney

Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Oladipo Bakare
Mark Johnson

Darton State College
Zhaoling McDuffie

East Georgia State College
Damon Knighten
Hillary Davis
William Kaht

Georgia Highlands College
Roy Clifton
Stephanie Vanas
Justin Jones
Richard Twist
Laura Jordan
Hollie Lung
Kaneisha Smith

Georgia Military College
Ashley Dennis
Heather Wolff
Brad Bayless
Sarah North

Georgia Perimeter College
Yoseph Guta
Kharina Scrubb
Kyle Merrill
Thomas Nguyen
Baobsom Djakli Bougouma
Josue Ramirez
Paris Little

South Georgia State College
Charles Pridgen
Susana Rojas Mandujano
Courtney Falvo
Kolby Kicklighter

University of North Georgia
Natalie Fisher
Michelle McAdams

As always, the Georgia Region offers its sincere thanks to the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, without which this event could not happen.

Georgia Southern Scholarships for Phi Theta Kappans


Associate Director of Admissions Neal Richardson is willing to bet that Phi Theta Kappans are exactly the sorts of transfer students Georgia Southern University wants to attract–and the university is putting money on it.

Richardson says that when he worked at other institutions, he experienced the Phi Theta Kappa difference:

“We had an alumni chapter at the previous university where I worked, and what we found is that the Phi Theta Kappa students transferred to our campus, and then said, ‘What’s next? I’m ready to make a difference!’ At one point we had five former chapter presidents working together in our alumni chapter, and when you put that kind of energy and dedication in one place, great things happen.”

Richardson is looking forward to making great things happen at Georgia Southern, which has recently implemented a transfer scholarship for Phi Theta Kappans. Renewable for two years, the scholarship will be awarded to applicants who best fit the ideals of a true Phi Theta Kappan, and show dedication to the four Hallmarks of Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Fellowship.

Richardson said, “We’re really looking for well-rounded applicants and we’re taking a holistic approach to awarding these scholarships. Yes, we love to see 4.0 GPAs, but we also want to see an emphasis on service and leadership. We’re looking for great students who are also great people.”

Georgia Southern has more in store for Phi Theta Kappans than just scholarships, as there are plans underway for an on-campus alumni chapter, and the university currently has an active chapter of Tau Sigma, the honors fraternity for transfer students.


When asked what prospective transfer students needed to do to apply for the scholarship, Richardson said that the process was easy. “What we need you to do is apply for admittance, and at the same time, fill out and submit the transfer scholarship application. The deadline for the scholarship application is May 1st, so students who are interested should move quickly so we can consider them for scholarships. We’d like as many people in the running as possible!”

Need more information on Georgia Southern University and scholarships? Visit the university’s website at http://www.georgiasouthern.edu, or contact transfer admissions via their website.

All-Georgia Awards Honor Students Statewide

Students from across Georgia were honored Thursday, March 12 at the Sloppy Floyd building in downtown Atlanta, overlooking the State Capitol. Honorees were:

Katy Johnson and Ebony Missick, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Olivia Johnson, Andrew College

Jared Ford, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Shelley Brooks and Samantha Nagy, Darton State College

Sabrina Ogletree, East Georgia State College

Hannah Lively, Michael Vanderberg, Gena Carter, Hillary Rowell, Hali Bohannon, and Lindsey Miles, Georgia Highlands College

Charles Fletcher, Mary Lucas, and Shane Kiral, Georgia Military College 

Aemah Badri, Deepa Singh Thakuri, Armel Nsiangani, Rozhin Parvaresh, and Jeremy Borger, Georgia Perimeter College

Elizabeth Brown, Gwinnett Technical College

Kaitlin Spivey and Sylvia Smith, South Georgia State College

Kati Chacon, Andrena Mathis, Erica Leikvoll, and Katherine Roth, University of North Georgia

In addition, Aemah Badri of Georgia Perimeter College was selected as a 2015 New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and Kaitlin Spivey of South Georgia State College was chosen as the Coca Cola Silver Scholar, and received a $1,250 scholarship.

Each student was named to the All-Georgia Academic Team, sponsored by the Coca Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa, and receive a medallion and commemorative certificate. In attendance were college administrators and students from across the state. Kaleb Wilkes, an alumnus of South Georgia State College, served as keynote speaker.

To be eligible for this honor, students must be nominated by their college to the All-Georgia Academic Team.  Nominees are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and outstanding academic performance. Students nominated become eligible for the All-USA Academic Team, the Coca-Cola New Century Scholars Scholarship, and the All-USA Community College Academic Team and Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team scholarships. These programs award over $300,000 in scholarships every spring.

Georgia Perimeter Student Shines as New Century Scholar

‘Shyest’ student shines as New Century Scholar

By Rebecca Rakoczy

Iraqi native Aemah Badri is driven with the desire to succeed. The petite 25-year-old Georgia Perimeter College student efficiently organizes her time for her studies, tutors others, is a leader in the Math, Engineering and Science club, and is active in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and GPC’s Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) organization.

Badri does all this, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Read more…

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Mount Mary University Offers Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

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It pays to be a Phi Theta Kappan!

Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is offering a Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Award worth $1,500 towards tuition at Mount Mary every year. Transfer students may also be eligible to receive a transfer scholarship worth up to $10,500 per year!

Mount Mary University offers women a small learning environment focused on creativity with access to faculty, research and endless opportunities. Our goal is to make a private education affordable and to make the transfer process simple and seamless for our students. Each potential transfer student is assigned a specific transfer admission counselor to evaluate her credits and help her through the admission process.

Interested in applying? Applications are free, and available online!

Brenau University to Attend Fall Regionals

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Brenau University Presents
New Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship at Autumn Regionals


Tell us a little bit about Brenau University? Why should Phi Theta Kappa students consider attending?

Located in Gainesville, Georgia, fifty miles outside of Atlanta, nestled in the foothills of the Brenau 3Blue Ridge Mountains and with over a 135 year 
tradition, Brenau University excels in offering well-rounded, career-focused,
 experience-based education that is relevant for the 21st century.
 With the ability to parlay your two-year degree (Associate of Arts or Associate
of Science from regionally accredited schools) via our blanket transfer policy
 into one of our many baccalaureate degree programs, you can rest assured that
 you are receiving a degree that will challenge you to think critically, develop
problem-solving and communication skills. Additionally, with a
 student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1 you will receive the personal academic
attention you deserve to ensure your success.

Phi Theta Kappans are excellent students who are great at competition for scholarships. Does Brenau have a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship?

For applicants that are members of Phi Theta Kappa or have recently been admitted to 2013 Bid Daythis honor society, Brenau University is pleased to announce a new scholarship that is awarded to transfer students applying to one of our day-based, full-time undergraduate programs. For qualified candidates, this means that you may be eligible for a $4,000/semester PTK scholarship (maximum of $8,000 per academic year and up to a total of four semesters for renewal). Current membership in the PTK organization is required. The scholarship can be combined with either athletic, fine art or health science related scholarships. It’s also renewable–up to four semesters.

That sounds like a great scholarship! How does that impact overall tuition costs?

Commuter tuition rate for our Gainesville Day programs are $12,190/semester. Residential student tuition rate is $18,389/semester and includes R&B, technology and safety/security fees.

How do students indicate they are interested in applying for scholarships when they apply for admittance?

Students simply provide us with proof of their current PTK membership or acceptance letter into the organization.

Do you have any four year honors organizations on campus, for students to join once they’re studying with you?

Absolutely. The Honors Program follows students throughout the tenure of their collegeBrenau 1 career. Special classes are reserved for honors students are taught in an enriched manner, affording these students an approach to their general education courses, which enables them to study these subjects at an advanced level. For more information, contact Dr. Winter Elliott, Honors Programs, welliott@brenau.edu.

What about accelerated or combined bachelor’s and master’s programs? Those can appeal to Phi Theta Kappans.

We offer a full-time, day-based MBA program in the summer that does not have a work requirement. The MBA program is designed to be completed in one year and consists of 30 semester hours.

Is there anything else Phi Theta Kappans should know that will explain Brenau’s appeal?

Move In Day for the class of 2017Brenau University prides itself in offering a unique environment to help cultivate an atmosphere of academic excellence, support and leadership opportunities. The size of our university allows for effective faculty-student engagement, where professors understand the personal and professional goals of each student. Also, with a global perspective, there are study abroad opportunities for students to travel to China, western Europe and Mexico annually.

Where should our students go online to apply?

Students may apply online at www.brenau.edu/apply and there is currently no application fee.

Congratulations to Georgia’s Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars

The Georgia Region is proud to honor the following members:

Jana Hamilton — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Mary Lucas — Georgia Military College, Augusta
Ralph Mueller — Darton State College
Sharon Rice — Georgia Highlands College, Marietta
Michael Vanderberg — Georgia Highlands College, Cartersville

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs.

The program awards up to 200 scholarships of $1,000 each, a total of $200,000 in scholarships annually. Of these awards, 25 scholarships are earmarked for current members of the military or military veterans.

Members may begin applying for this scholarship in March, and applications are due in May each year. An independent team of judges reviews the applications to determine scholarship recipients.

For more information and to see a complete list of winners, visit: https://www.ptk.org/2014-Leaders-of-Promise-Scholars

University of West Georgia to speak about Georgia’s only Public Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

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University of West Georgia offers Go West
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

The University of West Georgia is the first, and only, public university in Georgia offering a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship. Katie Taylor, the Assistant Director of Transfer admissions, who will be speaking at our Fall 2014 Regionals, was eager to tell us more about why UWG chose to support Phi Theta Kappa, and why our students should choose to “Go West.”

Tell us a little bit about the University of West Georgia? What makes you a great fit for Phi Theta Kappa students?

The University of West Georgia is an ever-growing, diverse university. We exceeded _TEP5786_030512,000 enrolled students this fall semester, including students from 44 states and 75 countries. We offer 645 sprawling acres to accommodate our growing student population since we are one of the few colleges in the state that has seen continuous growth over the past few years. There are 93 programs of study from the bachelors to doctoral level, including concentrations, so there is something from which to choose for everyone.

We were very excited to hear that the University of West Georgia had created a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship. What prompted that decision?

Phi Theta Kappa got in touch with us and said that a student had told them they wished UWG had a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. We hadn’t considered it before, but once we realized that there wasn’t another public university in Georgia that offered a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship, only private colleges, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to serve our prospective students, and offer the scholarship they were looking for!

Tell us more about the scholarship. What are the criteria to be eligible?

melsonThe recipient must be a US resident, have earned an associate’s degree, and hold a 3.5 GPA or higher based on admissions calculations—which includes transferable coursework only. Students are also required to submit a resume, essay, and letter of reference from their Phi Theta Kappa advisor at the time they apply for the scholarship. And it’s important to know that it’s a stackable award, which means you can use it with other scholarships!

Okay, time for the big question: how much is the scholarship worth?

Our current 2014-2015 in-state tuition is $2,549 per semester (based on 15 hour enrollment) + $929 in mandatory fees per semester. Housing and meal plans are additional, if the scholarship recipient opts to live in an on-campus residency hall. Based upon the two-semester, 15 hour enrollment tuition and mandatory fees totaling $6,956*, the scholarship would cover $4,000—split as $2,000 per semester.

*This is the 2014-2015 tuition and mandatory fees, which are effective through Summer 2015; therefore, tuition costs could change effective Fall 2015, when the scholarship is available.

That’s a fantastic scholarship! How do students indicate they are interested in the Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship when they apply for admittance?

First, apply for admittance to UWG. Once accepted, Phi Theta Kappa students can apply online for the scholarship at www.westga.edu/scholarships, through our Scholarship Portal. The fall semester deadline is February 1st. Those selected as scholarship nominees will be invited to our Scholarship Day for the interview process, held on President’s Day, which will be February 16, 2015.

Anything else that our students should know about their scholarship opportunities with UWG?

We offer a variety of incoming student scholarships, including a general Transfer Foundation Scholarship. Transfer students are also eligible to apply for General Student Scholarships, via Financial Aid (www.westga.edu/finaid). Those Current Student Scholarship applications are due by March 1st each year.


Phi Theta Kappa students love to be involved on their campuses and in their communities. Do you have any four-year honors organizations on campus?

We have over 150 different student organizations, including honors, Greek, government, major specific organizations, religious organizations, political groups, and so on. There’s something for everyone.

Is there anything else you think our students would be interested in?

Something that makes UWG very special is that we were the first (and for a while, the Intramural 0168only) Honors College in the state of Georgia. Even now, only one other school in the state has an honors college. Transfer students are welcome to apply. If you’re a member, your class size is capped at 16, and you’ll have many opportunities for undergraduate research. Some of our students travel across the country presenting their research at conferences. If you complete a certain number of honors courses you’ll graduate with an Honors Diploma, in addition to the diploma for your major. More information on the Honors College and their admission requirements (separate from General Admissions) can be found at www.westga.edu/honors.

Where should our students go online to apply?

Admissions: go.westga.edu
Incoming Student Scholarships: www.westga.edu/scholarships
General Student Scholarships: www.westga.edu/finaid

Huge thanks from the Georgia Region to Katie Taylor and all of the rest of the transfer staff at the University of West Georgia.

Oglethorpe University’s Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

Oglethorpe offers renewable $15,000 per year scholarships. A minimum 3.5 GPA and 24 semester credit hours or 45 quarter credit hours are required. Non-U.S. citizens, part-time students, and students with previous bachelor’s degrees are not eligible. Students must enroll in the undergraduate day program, and should demonstrate Leadership and Academic Honors skills.

Students who apply but are not selected as Phi Theta Kappa Scholars will automatically be considered for other Oglethorpe scholarships.

Visit http://www.admission@oglethorpe.edu for more details!