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Friday, October 1, 2010

Exciting All-USA/All-State Student Scholarship Opportunity! Deadline November 1

USA Today, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa have collaborated to sponsor once again the All-USA Community College Academic Team and the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team programs. This award recognizes exemplary effort on the part of technical and community college students across the United States. Each college can nominate two students and those two student names will be submitted for consideration for the All-USA National Team. They will also represent Clover Park at the All-State Academic Team award ceremony in Olympia where they medallions and certificates (and normally a bit of media coverage!) and the potential opportunity to be awarded financial scholarships for future educational effort. Just by being selected as Clover Park's two nominees the students will become eligible for consideration for several scholarship opportunities that may not otherwise be available to students.

Qualifications for students:
  • Currently enrolled in a community college and will be enrolled at least through December 2010
  • Will have at least 48 quarter college-level credit hours completed by December 31, 2010 and be on track to complete at least 72 quarter credits by August 30, 2010 (do not include remedial/developmental coursework in the total)
  • Will have a minimum of 45 quarter college-level credit hours completed at a community college within the past 5 years (Fall 2005-present)
  • On track to obtain an associate degree
  • Posted a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 in all college-level coursework completed in the last five years (include coursework at all institutions in the past five years)
(Other personal qualifications are explained on the Eligibility Quiz located on the application page.)

This is a very impressive recognition of student effort and your assistance in getting the word out to your students is critical. This year the applications will only be accepted through an online process detailed below.

Helping Students Log In to the Application

All students may log in to the application by going to http://my.ptk.org/edge/. Phi Theta Kappa members may log in using their Phi Theta Kappa username and password. If they have forgotten their log in, follow the steps on the log in page for "forgot username or password." Non-members may access the application by selecting the link that says "Create Non Member Account" on the log in page. Non members should follow the instructions to create an account and view the application.

Once the student has logged in, he or she should select the link in the center of the page that says "2011 All-USA/Coca-Cola/Guistwhite Scholarship Programs" and enter the enrollment key MDI4NDY18844 to access the application.

Completing the Application by November 1st

All applicants must have a completed rough draft submitted by 11:59 pm, CST, November 1st. When the student fills out an online application, there are tabs across the top of the page for each section. A "red i" indicates the item is incomplete and, once completed, will turn to a green check mark. Nominees must complete all items of the application, except for letters of recommendation, to be considered "complete" by the November 1st deadline. If the application is not complete, it will not be considered.

What happens after November 1st?

Phi Theta Kappa will run a process to check all applicants for completeness and eligibility. After this process is complete, the college will receive an email indicating our completed files are ready for review. From November 4th through December 1st, the college's review committee will be able to review all applicants, selecting our best two. The review committee may make application edit suggestions to students, who will continue to be able to edit their application through December 1st. In addition, letters of recommendation must be collected and the President must sign off on these applications by December 1st as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lori Banaszak at 589-5788.
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