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COC student takes home $7,500 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Award

Posted: August 27, 2014 4:06 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2014 4:06 p.m.
 

College of the Canyons graduate Jessie Warme has been named a recipient of the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship, joining a select group of just 10 community college students from across the nation to receive this prestigious award.

The Hites Transfer Scholarship Program is made possible by support from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, and is meant to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of Phi Theta Kappa members.

This year, $7,500 scholarships were awarded to 10 community college students selected from more than 2,200 applicants. Warme is one of two California community college students selected for this honor.

To be eligible students must have been enrolled in an associate degree program and eligible to transfer to a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting senior institution in fall 2014.

Student applications were reviewed by a panel of independent judges and scored based on factors including academic rigor, engagement and leadership.

As a Hites Scholar, Warme will receive a $7,5000 scholarship award and congratulatory medallion, to be presented during the Phi Theta Kappa’s 2015 Annual Convention held in May.

This most recent honor comes on the heels of Warme having been named a member of the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Community College Academic Team in the spring.

“Jessie is a gifted young woman with superb communication skills and a sense of responsibility for her both her fellow students and her community,” said Miriam Golbert, the college’s Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “Her involvement in issues that affect the world is impressive. She was an amazing officer for the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and being a recipient of this prestigious scholarship is well-deserved.”

A valedictorian of the college’s 2014 graduating class, Warme maintained a 4.0 GPA while double majoring in mathematics and social & behavioral science.

During her time at COC Warme was actively involved with the college’s Model United Nations (MUN) and COC Speech teams, as well as the college’s chapter of the national Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society.

As the MUN organization’s vice president, Warme consistently placed at the top of competitive events held across the country. In addition, her work with the speech team garnered her a Bronze Award in the Impromptu Speaking category at the 2013 Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournament.

She also served as PTK secretary for the 2013-14 academic year, helping to spearhead the group’s Honors-in-Action project and researching issues related to the development of green infrastructure and sustainability in the Santa Clarita Valley.

In the summer of 2013, Warme was one of five College of the Canyons students selected to accompany COC professor Claudia Acosta on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua. That trip resulted in the construction of a water treatment facility designed to provide local residents with clean water, along with a more sustainable way of acquiring water.

Warme is currently backpacking through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, where she is simultaneously volunteering her time to work with Ngobe families and using her Spanish language skills to help bridge the communication gap between these indigenous peoples and the outside world.

This fall Warme will be attending the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) where she plans to major in international studies/political science, with a secondary track in economics. She hopes to use her education and experience to develop a career working in cultural studies.

“I’ve submitted dozens of scholarship applications and received dozens of rejections,” said Warme, commenting that she once received five rejection letters over a two-week period.

“Truthfully, I had started to give up hope, but decided to apply for the Hites Transfer scholarship anyway. If nothing else, I figured I would get some practice writing essays,” added Warme. “To me, this entire experience has emphasized the importance of perseverance, not only in school, but in all aspects of life.”

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau.

The organization’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students, while providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

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