Courtesy of Student Life
Eleven Community College of Allegheny County students were honored by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) as members of the 26th Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. The honor recognizes an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.
The 2020 awardees include 47 outstanding community college transfer scholars and eight exceptional workforce pathway scholars from across the commonwealth. Transfer students must have completed at least 36 credits at a community college and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to be considered for this award. Workforce students must have a minimum of 12 college-level credit hours at a community college and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
“The Commission applauds these outstanding student scholars on their terrific academic achievements,” said Elizabeth Bolden, president and CEO of PACCC. “By enrolling in high-quality educational or workforce programs at a community college, these students are building a foundation for a successful career while furthering their postsecondary study.”
Pennsylvania’s community colleges partner with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, which provide scholarships covering two years’ tuition at any PASSHE school to eligible All-PA Transfer Team members.
“Our communities and the entire commonwealth are depending on students like these exceptional scholars to graduate and lead us toward a better future,” State System Chancellor Dan Greenstein said. “Workforce needs in Pennsylvania remain high and will likely be even higher in the months and years ahead. These students with their knowledge, skills, diligence and humanity can help propel Pennsylvania toward a brighter future, and we’re grateful they chose the State System to be such a critical part of their journey.”
Among Pennsylvania’s outstanding community college scholars are CCAC students Ashley Butela, Ashley Evans, Nicole Haas, Raja (RJ) Krishnaswamy, Megan Partin, Kimberly Reed, Carianne Savage, Courtney Seiler, Sjon Walters, Craig Wolfley and Qingqing Zhao, who was named a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar.
The students receiving the highest All-USA Community College Team application scores in each state are named Coca-Cola New Century Transfer Scholar and Coca-Cola New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar. The transfer honor comes with a $2,250 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Educational Foundation; the workforce honor comes with a $1,250 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Educational Foundation.
The Pennsylvania transfer awardees also include two Coca-Cola Gold Scholars, who will receive $1,500 scholarships; five Coca-Cola Silver Scholars, who will receive $1,250 scholarships; and one Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The transfer and workforce pathway scholars are typically honored at an annual banquet at the Harrisburg Hilton, which was canceled this year due to the worldwide COVID–19 pandemic.