Fifty community college
students from the United States, Canada, and the Federated States of Micronesia
have been named 2013 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of $100,000 in
scholarships. The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by
The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and
the American Association of Community Colleges.
Saint Paul College is pleased to announce that Ms.
Phoua Kong was chosen as the 2013 New Century Scholar from Minnesota. Phoua is
a 2001 graduate of Johnson Senior High School. She currently serves as the
Student Senate president at Saint Paul College and is the elected President’s
Group Chair of the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA). During
the 2013 SkillsUSA competition, Phoua won awards in Entrepreneurship (1st
place), Job Interview (2nd place), and Customer Service (3rd
place). She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the nation honor society for
two-year colleges. Her diligence and dedication to Saint Paul College is
recognized by fellow students, as well as faculty and staff at the College. “We
are so proud of Phoua and her unselfish commitment to serve our students,” said
Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd, President and CEO of Saint Paul College.
New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which
is 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
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 will received a $2,000 scholarship and plaque presented at the
American Association of College Presidents (AACC) Convention in San Francisco.