TJC student one of 50 New Century Scholars
Tyler Junior College student Clinton Pruitt is one of 50 community college students from the United States, Canada and Guam to have been named a 2012 New Century Scholar.
Pruitt is the only Texas student to receive the honor, which is sponsored annually by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.
The New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is presented by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students.
More than 1,700 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, plus one student from Canada and one additional student chosen from among one of the remaining seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. Each scholar receive a $2,000 scholarship andplaque, and is recognized in the April 23 edition of USA Today.
"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."