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BCTC Student Named New Century Scholar

May 09, 2013 -

New Century Scholar

Pictured left to right: BCTC student Mark Simonds (PTK International Distinguished Chapter Member), BCTC President/CEO Augusta A. Julian, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, BCTC student Ebony Nava (One of USA Today’s 20 Winners of the 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team and Coca-Cola New Century Scholar), and Kentucky State Rep. Kelly Flood.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2013) - Kentucky State Rep. Kelly Flood and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray joined Bluegrass Community & Technical College today to honor BCTC student, Ebony Nava who was named one of USA Today’s 20 Winners of the 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team and Coca-Cola New Century Scholar.

The All-USA Community College Academic Team and the New Century Scholars program, which are sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa, share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. More than 1,800 students were nominated from more than 800 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state. Each scholar received a $2,000 scholarship and plaque at the American Association of College Presidents (AACC) Convention in San Francisco.

“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible – especially during these challenging economic times.”

BCTC student, Mark Simonds was also recognized as PTK International Distinguished Chapter Member. This is the second year the BCTC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has had an International Distinguished Chapter Member. In 2012, BCTC student, Keith Rodgers was named International Distinguished Chapter Member.