Gov. Jay Inslee will be on hand to help honor recipients at the 18th annual 2013 All-Washington Academic Team recognition ceremony on Thursday, March 21. South Puget Sound Community College 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 65 students representing all the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. When the event began 18 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 will help provide each team member with a $500 scholarship, and every public and independent four-year college and university in the state is offering 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 Community College Academic Team, which will be announced in April.
Along with PTK, KeyBank, WSECU 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.