All-Washington Academic Team

2020 All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony

All-WA recipient medalsNOTICE: Out of an abundance of caution surrounding COVID-19, and with the support of the State Board, we have canceled this year's All-Washington Academic Team Ceremony.

CANCELED: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
Student Union Building (Bldg. 27), South Puget Sound Community College

The All-Washington Academic Team program recognizes and honors our state's finest higher education students. The students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community. Their stories are often inspiring, sometimes surprising, and always reflective of the larger story of the state's community and technical college students.

The program has become the showcase for Washington's community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live. This recognition demonstrates the state's commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state's public community and technical colleges.

About Phi Theta Kappa & the History of All-WA

Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for Two Year Colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to recognize and honor two-year college students for their scholastic achievement and community and college service.

In 1994, state-level academic teams were introduced as a way to provide scholarships and scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. Students nominated to the All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to their state team.

In 1996, Washington launched its state program. A steering committee comprised of community and technical college presidents, Phi Theta Kappa representatives, public information officers from two-year colleges and representatives from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges put together the first recognition ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion. The ceremony honored 44 students representing 24 community and technical colleges.

In 2015, the All-Washington Academic Team project included 65 students representing 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state. The program has become the showcase for Washington’s community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live. This recognition demonstrates the state’s commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state’s public community and technical colleges.

For more information, see Phi Theta Kappa.

2020 All-Washington Academic Team

Bates Technical College
Cathi Miller
Laura Velazquez

Bellevue College
Kiseuk Ahn
Kailyn Hanson

Bellingham Technical College
Nathan Molenda
Angela Occhipinti

Big Bend Community College
Shalon N Gough

Cascadia College
Sarah Mwagalwa
Suado Khalif

Centralia College
Matthew Rounsley
Lillian Hirz

Clark College
Julisse Hopmann
Kellie Langston

Clover Park Technical College
Jenna Berglund
Michael Keiser

Columbia Basin College
Cassie Burton
Annie Gray

Edmonds Community College
Duc Tran
Bahareh Rouhijahromi

Everett Community College
Jessica Kupcake
Kyra Shelton

Grays Harbor College
Dakota Roos

Green River College
Kayleigh Cameron
Tyrease Phillips

Highline College
Hamse Igge
Asutosh Upreti

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Rebecca Rundle
Iuliia Dmitrieva

Lower Columbia College
Brenna Kandoll
Scott Houston

North Seattle College
Lisa Smith
Joel Perry

Olympic College
Arianna Santiago
Graeme Forbes

Peninsula College
Shae Pozarzycki
Elita Nivens

Pierce College
Samuel Danquah
Salina Cornett
Wei Han
Michelle Reinicke

Renton Technical College
Daniil Silchuk

Seattle Central College
Henry Ho
Tin Wing Chu

Shoreline Community College
Willow Strey
Isaac Tchao

Skagit Valley College
Cassandra Moore
Yuliya Dominguez

South Puget Sound Community College
Deena Benmouloud
Ashley Diaz

South Seattle College
Anna Au
Whitney Hogue

Spokane Community College
Brenda Opgrand
Connor Furman

Spokane Falls Community College
Kevin Robinson
Toluwani Ayeni

Tacoma Community College
Nhu H Truong
Bich Truong

Walla Walla Community College
Carolina Maciel
Christian Gachet

Wenatchee Valley College
Kai Spencer
Angelica Vasquez

Whatcom Community College
Surabhi Subedi
Iman Adem

Yakima Valley Community College
Cameron Bundy
Oluyemisi Akinbade

2020 All-Washington Academic Team Ceremony

NOTICE: Out of an abundance of caution surrounding COVID-19, and with the support of the State Board, we have canceled this year's All-Washington Academic Team Ceremony. 

Members of the 2020 All-Washington Academic Team will be honored by Governor Jay Inslee in a recognition ceremony. Honorees will receive medallions from their college presidents.
CANCELED:
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
12:00 p.m.
Student Union Building - Bldg. 27
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512
Maps & Directions

Sponsors  Program Sponsors

The following organizations support the 2020 All-Washington Academic Team program:

  • Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges
  • Washington State Association of College Trustees
  • State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College

Scholarship Sponsors

The following organizations provide scholarship support to the students on the 2020 All-Washington Academic Team:

  • KeyBank
  • Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU)
  • Washington State Association of College Trustees

Please Help Thank Our Valued Sponsors

Take the opportunity to thank our scholarship sponsors:

  • KeyBank: $250 awarded to every team member.

Brian Marlow

KeyBank President, South Puget Sound

1101 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98402

and

Cassandra Mitchell, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Officer

KeyBank

1301 5th Ave., 24th Floor

Seattle, WA 98101

  • WSECU: $750 awarded to the top 16 team members.

Doug Mah, Chair, Board of Directors

WSECU

PO Box WSECU

Olympia, WA 98507

  • Trustee Scholarships: $1,000 awarded to 3 team members.

Carl Zapora, President

Washington State Association of College Trustees

PO Box 42495

Olympia, WA 98504-2495

College Requirements & Deadlines

Student Photo & Bio Requirements

Each community and technical college with a student on the 2020 All-Washington Team is asked to provide a photograph and short bio of their students for the recognition ceremony booklet.

Bios and photo submission deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Submit via the All-Washington Academic Team Student Bios form. Bios should be approximately 75 words. Photos should be high resolution and include only the student.

Deadlines & Important Dates

December 2 - Nominee applications due to PTK National
Mid-February - PTK notifies state nominees of national ranking
Mid-February - PTK announces Washington's New Century Scholar
March 4 - All student bios and photos due from PIOs
March 24 - All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony
March - National team announced on USA-Today
March 28-30 - AACC Convention in National Harbor, MD
September/October - ACCT Leadership Congress in Chicago, IL

Transfer Scholarships

Washington’s public and independent four-year colleges and universities have recognized the outstanding accomplishments of the members of the All-Washington Academic Team by offering a variety scholarship support. Below is the list of the support offered to the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team members who transfer to their institutions.

College Number Offered Amount Description Contact
Public 4-Year Institutions:
Central Washington University Any $1,000 Central Washington University will offer $1,000 scholarships to any member of the 2020 All-Washington Team who enrolls in the University in fall 2020. Inti Valverde, Assistant Director of Scholarships, scholarships@cwu.edu, 509-963-1611
Eastern Washington University 1 $2,000 Eastern is offering a $2,000 scholarship to one member of the 2020 All-Washington Team to attend the university Fall 2020 through Spring 2021. If more than one team member enrolls, Eastern will determine who receives the scholarship through a competitive application process. If the recipient maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA, the scholarship may be renewed for a second year totaling $4,000.

Eastern further encourages team members to apply for their Transfers Academic Honors Scholarship and EWU Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship by applying at ewu.edu/scholarships and clicking, "Apply Now!" The complete application is due on or before Feb. 1, 2020 for the 2020-20 awards.
Kandi Teeters, Associate Director, EWU Financial Aid Scholarship Office, kteeters@ewu.edu, 509-359-6384
The Evergreen State College Any $1,500 The Evergreen State College is offering a $1,500 scholarship to any member of the 2020 All-Washington Team who enrolls at the college. Eric Pedersen, Chief Enrollment Officer, pedersee@evergreen.edu, 360-864-6311
University of Washington 10 $8,000 UW will award tuition waiver scholarships to ten 2020 All-Washington team members who transfer to the Seattle, Bothell or Tacoma campuses. Each award will have a maximum value of $8,000 and will be distributed over a two-year period ($4,000 maximum each year). Recipients must enroll in at least 12 credits each quarter and make satisfactory progress toward a degree. If more than ten team members enroll in UW, the university will determine who receives the scholarships.

UW encourages team members interested in transferring to notify the university of their intentions as soon as possible.
Carlos Williams, Office of Admissions, clwilli@u.washington.edu, 206-221-5416
Washington State University 10 $2,000 Each year, Washington State University will award scholarships to ten All-Washington Academic Team members who transfer to any of the university's campuses. The $2,000 scholarships are non-renewable. If more than ten team members enroll in WSU, the university will determine who receives the scholarships.

WSU encourages interested team members to notify Student Financial Services as soon as possible.
Heather Morgan, Assistant Director-Program Administrations, Student Financial Services, morganh@wsu.edu, 509-335-9711
Western Washington University Any $2,000 Western Washington University recognizes the accomplishment of these outstanding students with a guaranteed minimum of $2,000 in combined scholarship to any 2020 All-Washington Team members who enroll in the University. Cezar Mesquita, Director of Admissions, cezar.mesquita@wwu.edu, 360-650-4350
Private 4-Year Institutions:
Gonzaga University 3 $7,000-$20,500 Gonzaga University will consider all 2020 All-Washington Academic Team members for merit scholarships ranging from $12,000-$22,000. In addition, any student who has achieved Phi Theta Kappa recognition will receive an additional $3,000. Jim White, Dean of Student Financial Aid, whitej@gonzaga.edu, 509-313-6568
Pacific Lutheran University 5 $1,000 Pacific Lutheran University is offering up to five $1,000 scholarships to 2020 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at the university. If more than five members enroll, PLU will determine who receives the scholarships. Kelly Lauderdale, Assistant Director of Financial Literacy and Exit Counseling, lauderkd@plu.edu, 253-535-7168
Saint Martin's University Any $5,000 Saint Martin's University will offer $5,000 scholarships to any All-Washington Academic Team member who enrolls at the university. In addition, Saint Martin's offers scholarships of $1,000 for PTK members who have completed an associates degree or have junior standing. Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Dean of Enrollment, pholsingerfuchs@stmartin.edu
Seattle Pacific University Any $17,000 Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is offering the following merit-based transfer scholarships (rates valid through Summer 2020):
  • Transfer Honors Scholar Award ($16,000) - Enrolls full time at SPU with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above
  • Transfer Merit Scholar Award ($14,000) - Enrolls full time at SPU with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Transfer Achievement Scholar Award ($12,000) - Enrolls full time at SPU with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Students completing their Direct Transfer Degree prior to enrolling at SPU are also eligible for a Direct Transfer Degree Scholarship ($3,000) in addition to the merit-based scholarships listed above.
Carolynn Tulluck, Transfer Admissions Counselor, transfer@spu.edu, 206-281-2540
Seattle University Any Varies Here is a link to information on our new merit scholarships, which are awarded to all admitted transfer students who meet the eligibility requirements; no required application: https://www.seattleu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/finances/scholarships/transfer/*2020-21 Scholarships will be updated soon Gwen Jackson, Assistant Director of Admissions, jacksong@seattleu.edu, 206-296-5811
University of Puget Sound 3 $2,000 The University of Puget Sound is proud to offer up to three $2,000 scholarships to All-Washington Team members who enroll at Puget Sound. The All Washington Team scholarships will be granted in addition to other academic scholarships students might also receive. If more than three team members enroll, the University will determine who receives the scholarships. Each recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student for at least three (3.0) units per semester. The scholarship is renewable up to a maximum of ten semesters, provided the student meets the guidelines for satisfactory academic progress. Interested students are encouraged to notify the University of their intentions as soon as possible. Torri Henson, Assistant Director of Admission & Transfer Admission Coordinator, thenson@pugetsound.edu, 253-879-3211
Walla Walla University Any $1,000 Walla Walla University is offering $1,000 scholarships to any member of the 2020 All-Washington Academic Team who enrolls at the university. Trevor Congleton, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Services, trevor.congleton@wallawalla.edu, 509-527-2256
Whitman College 5 $2,500 Whitman College is offering five $2,500 scholarships to 2020 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at Whitman. If more than five team members enroll, the college will determine who receives the scholarships. Tyson Harlow, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, harlowtm@whitman.edu, 509-527-5178
Whitworth University 3 $1,500 Whitworth University is offering up to three $1,500 scholarships to 2020 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at Whitworth. These scholarships are in addition to Whitworth's $14,000-$22,000 transfer academic scholarships. If more than three team members enroll, the university will determine who receives the scholarships. Greg Orwig, VP of Admission and Financial Aid, gorwig@whitworth.edu, 509-777-4580

Student Resources

The Ceremony

Members of the 2020 All-Washington Academic Team will be honored in a recognition ceremony and will be presented with medallions by their college president and state officials. See above.

Guests

Friends, family and supporters of All-Washington Team members are welcome to the March 24 recognition ceremony. Seating at tables is limited so all guests may not be able to sit with their recipients.

New Century Scholar

The student receiving the highest All-USA Academic Team application score in each state is named a New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar or a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar. Students nominated for the Workforce Pathway should be planning to enter the workforce after completing a certificate or associate degree, and students nominated for the Transfer Pathway should be planning to transfer to the four-year college after graduation.

The program annually recognizes 100 Scholars. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. Each New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.

Contact

You can address your questions about the All-Washington Academic Team Program and Ceremony to:
Sophia Santos, Executive Assistant, Public Relations and Office of the President, SPSCC