Gov. Christine Gregoire will be on hand to help South Puget Sound Community College honor recipients at the 16th annual 2011 All-Washington Academic Team recognition ceremony on Thursday, March 24. South Puget Sound again hosts the event, which begins at noon at the college’s Student Union Building.
The field of honorees on this year’s All-Washington Academic Team consists of 63 students representing the state’s 33 community and technical colleges. When the event began 16 years ago, 44 students from 24 community and technical college’s were honored.
Students were nominated for All-Washington recognition through a state program patterned after the national All-USA Academic Team, which Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges, initiated. By acknowledging students who demonstrate a commitment to success in the classroom and service in their communities, the program also brings attention to Washington’s community and technical colleges.
Contributions from KeyBank and the Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA) will provide each team member with a $750 scholarship and four-year colleges and universities from all over the state offer scholarships to attend their institutions. The top-ranked student receives the New Century Scholarship, worth $2,000. The second-, third-, and fourth-ranked students will each receive $1,000 scholarships from the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC). For a second year, the Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) is offering additional $250 scholarships to eight team members. In addition, each team member is a state nominee for the All-USA Academic Team, which will be announced April 11.
Along with PTK, KeyBank, NELA and TACTC, the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges and the SBCTC sponsor the All-Washington event. For more information, contact Kellie Purce Braseth at (360) 596-5214 or visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.