All-Washington Academic Team

All-WA recipient medals

2017 All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Student Union Building
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512

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.

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.

2017 All-Washington Academic Team

Bates Technical College
Bridgette Leech

Bellevue College
Michael Cha
Michela Santi

Bellingham Technical College
Tanner Clark

Big Bend Community College
Allison Clapp
Aubrey Griffith

Cascadia College
Elizabeth Hert
David Hewett

Centralia College
Joseph Lawrence
Tyler Layden

Clark College
Ruixuan Bai
Meghan Jackson

Clover Park Technical College
Jessica Bracken
Annemarie Mafi

Columbia Basin College
Jeremy Burnham
Hanna Ownby

Edmonds Community College
Kimberly Greene
Gloria Ibe

Everett Community College
Connor Linse
Melinda Tetreault

Grays Harbor College
Yulisa Morelia Salazar
Brandi Webb

Green River College
Nicholas Fincher
Joshua Ramthun

Highline College
Karina Abramchuk
Salome Munyaka

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Chris Osler

Lower Columbia College
Raul Arellano
Andrew Jaspers

North Seattle College
Tiffany Carpenter
Heidi Valles

Olympic College
David Podeweltz
Katie Russell

Peninsula College
Alicia Beck
Tu Lisa Hoang

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom
Sharla Ellison
Devon McKenna

Pierce College-Puyallup
Nhan Ta
Carly Tryon

Renton Technical College
Mohamed Abdullahi
Bridget Irabor

Seattle Central College
Nickey Mitchell
Spencer Neumiller

Shoreline Community College
Clarin Florentyna
Violet Laucirica

Skagit Valley College
Victoria Waller
Mayuko Jordan

South Puget Sound Community College
Marina Graham
Gyanna Lam

South Seattle College
Angela Flores-Garcia
Chhavi Mehra

Spokane Community College
Steve O'Meara

Spokane Falls Community College
Cristianna Joy Cummings
April J Marquis

Tacoma Community College
Catarina A Ratajczak
Grace Sullivan

Walla Walla Community College
Marc Goff
Katelyn Huesby

Wenatchee Valley College
Falon Lammers

Whatcom Community College
Emerson Powers
Christiana van den Heuvel

Yakima Valley Community College
Kylie Ergeson
Jose Zuniga

2017 All-Washington Academic Team Ceremony

Members of the 2017 All-Washington Academic Team will be honored by Gov. Jay Inslee in a recognition ceremony. Honorees will receive medallions from their college presidents.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Student Union Building
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512
Maps & Directions

About Phi Theta Kappa

See www.ptk.org.

Sponsors

Program Sponsors

The following organizations support the 2017 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 2017 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
    David Parent, Vice President of Community Relations
    KeyBank
    PO Box 90027
    Bellevue, WA 98009
     
  • WSECU: $2,000 awarded to the top ranking team member, $1,000 each awarded to team members 2-6.
    Marcus Glasper, Chair, Board of Directors
    WSECU
    PO Box WSECU
    Olympia, WA 98507
     
  • Trustee Scholarships: $1,000 awarded to 3 team members
    Bridget Piper, President-Elect
    Washington State Association of College Trustees
    PO Box 42495
    Olympia, WA 98504-2495
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 2016 All-Washington Academic Team members who transfer to their institutions. (Updates are coming soon for the 2017 team members.)

Public 4-Year Institutions

College Number of Scholarships Amount Description Contact
Eastern Washington University 1 2,000 Eastern is offering a $2,000 scholarship to one member of the 2017 All-Washington Team to attend the university Fall 2017 through Spring 2018. 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, 2017 for the 2017-18 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 2017 All-Washington Team who enrolls at the college

Michele Elhardt, Scholarship Program Coordinator, elhardtm@evergreen.edu, 360-967-6310

University of Washington 10 8,000 UW will award tuition waiver scholarships to ten 2017 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 recognizes the accomplishment of these students with a guaranteed minimum of $2,000 in combined scholarship to any 2017 All-Washington Team members who enroll in the University.

Jess Savage, Associate Director of Admissions, jess.savage@wwu.edu, 360-650-3440

Private 4-Year Institutions

College Number of Scholarships Amount Description Contact
Gonzaga University 3 1,500 Gonzaga University is offering up to three $1,500 scholarships to 2017 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at the college for the 2017-2018 academic year.  If more than three team members enroll, Gonzaga will determine who will receive the scholarship.

Jim White, Dean of Student Financial Aid, whitej@gonzaga.edu, 509-313-6568

Heritage University 2 1,000 Heritage University will award a $1,000 scholarship to two All-Washington team members who transfer to any of the university’s campuses for the 2017-18 academic year.  The $1,000 scholarships per academic year are non-renewable. If more than two team members enroll in HU, the university will determine who receives the scholarships.

Oscar Verduzco, Director of Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, verduzco_o@heritage.edu, 509-865-8502

Pacific Lutheran University 5 1,000 Pacific Lutheran University is offering up to five $1,000 scholarships to 2017 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at the university. If more than five members enroll, PLU will determine who receives the scholarships.

Mike Frechette, Director of Financial Aid, frechemt@plu.edu, 253-535-7164

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 13,000 Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is offering $15,000 in SPU transfer merit based scholarship(s) to any member of the 2017 All-Washington Team who enrolls full time at SPU with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above and completes their Direct Transfer Degree prior to enrolling at SPU.

Tanisha Hanson, Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor, tanisha@spu.edu, 206-281-2559

 

Seattle University Any Varies See link below for 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/

2017-18 Merit Scholarships for Transfers

A new full-time transfer who has at least 36 transferable credit hours after high school graduation will be considered for one of the following transfer awards based on GPA prior to enrollment at Seattle University. Both domestic and international students are eligible for consideration. There is no separate application to apply for merit scholarships.  Transfer admits required to complete the English Language & Culture Bridge (ELCB) Program to meet English Proficiency requirements are not eligible for merit awards. Please note that post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for merit scholarships.

Messina Scholarship $16,000 per academic year 3.75 - 4.0 cumulative transfer GPA.
Xavier Scholarship $13,000 per academic year 3.5 - 3.74 cumulative transfer GPA.
Loyola Scholarship  $10,000 per academic year 3.25 - 3.49 cumulative transfer GPA.
Hurtado Scholarship  $5,000 per academic year 3.0 - 3.24 cumulative transfer GPA.

We also added a new scholarship program fall quarter 2016, Alfie Scholars, which does require an application and is stackable with the merit scholarship (e.g.; a transfer student can be awarded a merit scholarship and the Alfie Scholarship.  

• $10,000 annual scholarship to Seattle University
• Academic support programming that prepares students for the increased academic rigor of a four-year university
• Opportunities for creating mutually reinforcing relationships
• Customized curriculum to develop leadership skills
• Preparation to become leaders to foster civility in their professions

For more information about the Alfie Scholars program and how to apply, please visit www.alfiescholars.org.

 

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 Lutton, Transfer Admission Coordinator, tlutton@pugetsound.edu, 253-879-3608

Walla Walla University Any 1,000 Walla Walla University is offering $1,000 scholarships to any member of the 2017 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 2017 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   1,500 Whitworth University is offering up to three $1,500 scholarships to 2017 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at Whitworth. These scholarships are in addition to Whitworth’s $12,000-$18,000 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

Participating Colleges

Student Photo & Bio Requirements

Each community and technical college with a student on the 2017 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 Feb. 3, 2017.

Bios and photos should both be submitted via the All-Washington Academic Team Student Bios form.

Photo Specs: Please send uncropped mug shots. Please name them as follows: Your college’s name (or initials) followed by the last name and first initial of the student (SPSCC DoeJ). Please save the photos at no less than 300 dpi.

Deadlines & Important Dates

December 2 - Nominee applications due to PTK National
February 3 - All student bios and photos due from PIOs
Mid-February - PTK notifies state nominees of national ranking
Mid-February - PTK announces Washington's New Century Scholar
March 23 - All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony
Late April - National team announced on USA-Today
April 22-25 - AACC Convention

Student Resources

The Ceremony

Members of the 2017 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 23 recognition ceremony. Seating at tables is limited so all guests may not be able to sit with their recipients.

New Century Scholar

The New Century Scholars program honors the top-scoring student from each of the 50 states and is funded by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation. Washington's New Century Scholar will represent the state and be recognized at the 2016 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention. Each New Century Scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and each institution will receive special recognition at the AACC Convention, April 22-25 in New Orleans.

Washington's New Century Scholar should be named by mid-February 2017.

Contact

You can address your questions about the All-Washington Academic Team Program and Ceremony to:
Kelly Green, Director, Public Relations and Events, SPSCC