Phoua Kong named New Century Scholar for Minnesota
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Phoua Kong named New Century Scholar for Minnesota

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.

The 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 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 will received a $2,000 scholarship and plaque presented at the American Association of College Presidents (AACC) Convention in San Francisco.

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