Navy Veteran, Mother of Two, is Recipient of New Century Scholar Award

Maria ChurchLEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2007) A positive role model, hardly seems description enough for New Century Scholar Award winner Maria Church. Maria is a mother of two, a navy veteran, and a student at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).

Maria is a Geography major with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She currently serves as President of the Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. Her accomplishments and volunteer work include being a Mosaic Scholarship winner, a volunteer for the Hispanic Outreach program, the Peace & Justice Coalition, Fayette County Relay for Life, Gods Pantry food drives, and classroom volunteer at Anne Mason Elementary.

As the New Century Scholar Maria will receive a $2,000 scholarship and special recognition by representing Kentucky in the state opening ceremonies at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention in Tampa, Florida. The American Association of Community Colleges, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor the New Century Scholars program annually.

Maria will graduate BCTC in May with her Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. She will continue her education at Eastern Kentucky University.