On Wednesday, Feb. 18, four Mesa Community College students were honored at the 20th Annual All-Arizona Academic Luncheon, by Phi Theta Kappa, for their outstanding academic achievements and distinguished leadership skills.
Seventy-three community colleges from across the state participated in the luncheon, according to a press release. To be considered for the award, students must be working on an associate’s degree, maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA, be in good academic standing, demonstrate leadership and be a college ambassador within the community.
Judging to select the recipients consisted of three rounds. In the first round, a group of local business, civic, education and government leaders reviewed applications and chose the recipients of the award. Two are selected from each campus of the college. Those recipients’ applications were then forwarded to Washington D.C. for second and third rounds of judging by representatives from various federal agencies and national education associations who scored them.
Those scores were used to rank the students for first, second or third state team. First team members received a $1,000 scholarship, second team members a $750 scholarship, and third team members a $500 scholarship to one of Arizona’s state universities.
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