All-Washington Academic Team

All-Washington Academic Team Ceremony

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by South Puget Sound Community College

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The All-Washington Academic Team program recognizes and honors our state's finest higher education students. The students who make up the All-Washington (All-WA) 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.

All-WA 2021 circular seal, blue, red and white

The program has become the showcase for Washington's community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the individuals 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.

History

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.

Today, the program has become the showcase for Washington’s community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the individuals 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.

New Century Scholars

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.

Sponsors

Program Sponsors

The following organizations support the 2021 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 scholarships support to the students on the 2021 All-Washington Academic Team:

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

Please 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 top 3 team members.

Carl Zapora, President
Washington State Association of College Trustees
PO Box 42495
Olympia, WA 98504-2495

All-Washington Academic Team List, 2021

Bates Technical College
Breanna Rohde, WSECU Top 16
Ian Karnas

Bellevue College
Debora Nevins, WSECU Top 16
Dave Young, WSECU Top 16

Bellingham Technical College
Yuliya Derkach, Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar, WSECU Top 16
Amy Redfern, New Century Workforce Scholar, WSECU Top 16

Big Bend Community College
Anna Lutsyk, WSECU Top 16
Shalon N. Gough

Cascadia College
Maria Teresa Solórzano Rodriguez, WSECU Top 16
Rola Eltantawy

Centralia College
Jay Caird
Benjamin Corwin

Clark College
Natalie Worthy, WSECU Top 16
Erin Lysne

Clover Park Technical College
Brandon Lee
Fawzy Youssef

Columbia Basin College
Julie Maria
Hannah Wolfe

Edmonds College
Kelsey Dunlap, Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar, Trustee Scholar, WSECU Top 16
Brian Matson

Everett Community College
Joshua Hancock
Elizabeth Tucker

Green River College
Ashley DiLoreto, Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar, WSECU Top 16
David Nyambura

Highline College
Purity
Heidi Major

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
James Carlisle
Diandra Dunham

Lower Columbia College
Dawson Wheeler

Olympic College
Jeffrey Grant
Emma Wallace

Peninsula College
Vanessa Affandy
MeL Gyth

Pierce College – Fort Steilacoom
Justin Tran, WSECU Top 16
Terrance Williams

Pierce College – Puyallup Campus
Slava Peshkilev
Constanza Macarena Valencia Lopez

Seattle Central College
Ilhan Ibrahim
Raina Caron Scherer

Shoreline Community College
Y Tran Nhu Nguyen
Mashaal Shameem

Skagit Valley College – Mt. Vernon Campus
Sydney Sharp, Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar, Trustee Scholar, WSECU Top 16

Skagit Valley College – Whidbey Island Campus
Sarah Head

South Puget Sound Community College
Zeyad Abdelrehim
Desirée Chantal Toliver

South Seattle College
Cam Bernal Brand, WSECU Top 16
Thomas Williams

Spokane Community College
Theresa Moore-Wheeler

Spokane Falls Community College
Elisa Vigil, New Century Transfer Scholar, Trustee Scholar, WSECU Top 16
Sarah Horn

Tacoma Community College
Gina Marie Jones
Katrina Wangen

Walla Walla Community College
Dallin Hawkins
Haeli Johnson

Wenatchee Valley College
Heather Coffman, WSECU Top 16
Kaila Harmier

Whatcom Community College
Vi Nguyen, WSECU Top 16
Nathalie Belmore

Yakima Valley College
Miguel Blancas-Alejo
Chance Goodwin

Scholarships for 4-Year Transfer

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 2021 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 2021 All-Washington Team who enrolls in the University in fall 2021. 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 2021 All-Washington Team to attend the university Fall 2021 through Spring 2022. 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!"
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 2021 All-Washington Team who enrolls at the college. Eric Pedersen, Chief Enrollment Officer, pedersee@evergreen.edu, 360-864-6311
University of Washington 10 TBD TBD 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 Administration, 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 2021 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 Any $13,000 to $24,000 Gonzaga University will consider all 2021 All-Washington Academic Team members for merit scholarships ranging from $13,000-$24,000. 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 2021 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at the university. If more than five members enroll, PLU will determine who receives the scholarships. Therese Santos, Student Financial Service Specialist, tsantos@plu.edu, 253-535-7161
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. Caitlin Gordon, Assistant Director of Admissions, cgordon@stmartin.edu, 360-438-4594
Seattle Pacific University Any Varies
Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is offering the following merit-based transfer scholarships for 2021-22 (Fall 2021 through Summer 2022):
 
$12,000 (3.75+)
$10,000 (3.60-3.74)
$ 9,000 (3.40-3.59)
$ 7,000 (3.20-3.39)
$ 5,000 (3.00-3.19)
$ 3,000 (2.85-2.99)
 
All above GPAs are based on cumulative college-level GPA, and all students must be enrolled full time to receive the above scholarships.
 
In addition, SPU will offer a $3,000 Direct Transfer Degree Scholarship and a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship in addition to the merit-based scholarships listed above, which are stackable and renewable.
Michelle McFarland, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, mcfarlandm@spu.edu, 206-281-2999
Seattle University Any Varies Transfer students who complete an admissions application to Seattle University are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years and are based on the information in the admissions application, not family finances. And we guarantee that any amount you receive as an institutional gift will remain constant for all four years you’re eligible at SU. Gwen Jackson, Assistant Director - Scholarship Administration, 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at Whitworth. These scholarships are in addition to Whitworth's $12,000-$25,000 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
Requirements & Deadlines for Colleges

Student Photo & Bio Requirements

Each community and technical college with a student on the 2021 All-Washington Team is asked to provide a high resolution photo and bio around 75 words for the event program. There is also a field to paste a link to your 10 second video for the virtual ceremony. The bio and photo submission deadline is April 7, 2021.

Submit via the All-Washington Academic Team Student Bios form.

Deadlines & Important Dates

Dec. 2 - Nominee applications due to PTK National
March - PTK notifies state nominees of national ranking
March - PTK announces Washington's New Century Scholar
April 7 - All student bios and photos due from PIOs
April 15 - All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony
TBD - National team announced on USA-Today
May - AACC Convention (Virtual)
Sept. / Oct. - ACCT Leadership Congress in Chicago, IL

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