Connors Grad Named Hites Scholar

Hites ScholarTen two-year college students have been named recipients of the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship, receiving a total of $75,000 to assist in the attainment of baccalaureate degrees. Among the winners is Stacey Dawes of Connors’ Phi Theta Kappa Mu Chi Chapter. Dawes plans to attend Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

“We are beyond proud of Ms. Dawes,” said CSC President Dr. Tim Faltyn. “She was an outstanding student and we are honored to call her part of the Connors State College family.”

Scholarships of $7,500 each were awarded to 10 students based on applications submitted by members. Students enrolled in associate degree programs and eligible to transfer to a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting senior institution in the fall of 2014 were eligible to apply. Judges reviewed and scored applications for academic rigor, engagement, and leadership. The 2014 Hites Transfer Scholars were selected from more than 2,200 applicants.

“When the Hites Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa joined together a few short years ago to take the initial steps toward establishing the endowment, none of us anticipated the severity of today’s economic challenges facing both students and colleges,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. “The Hites Transfer Scholarships are helping to meet a need that becomes more crucial every day – helping our students follow through on their commitment to complete by providing financial assistance to make earning a baccalaureate degree possible. We are grateful for our partnership, and we congratulate these 2014 Hites Transfer Scholarship recipients.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions.  More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.