All-Washington Academic Team Ceremony
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by 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 (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.
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 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.
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
The following organizations provide scholarships support to the students on the 2021 All-Washington Academic Team:
- 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.
KeyBank President, South Puget Sound
1101 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
Cassandra Mitchell, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Officer
1301 5th Ave., 24th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
WSECU: $750 awarded to the top 16 team members.
Doug Mah, Chair, Board of Directors
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
Bates Technical College
Breanna Rohde, WSECU Top 16
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
Maria Teresa Solórzano Rodriguez, WSECU Top 16
Natalie Worthy, WSECU Top 16
Clover Park Technical College
Columbia Basin College
Kelsey Dunlap, Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar, Trustee Scholar, WSECU Top 16
Everett Community College
Green River College
Ashley DiLoreto, Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar, WSECU Top 16
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Lower Columbia College
Pierce College – Fort Steilacoom
Justin Tran, WSECU Top 16
Pierce College – Puyallup Campus
Constanza Macarena Valencia Lopez
Seattle Central College
Raina Caron Scherer
Shoreline Community College
Y Tran Nhu Nguyen
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
South Puget Sound Community College
Desirée Chantal Toliver
South Seattle College
Cam Bernal Brand, WSECU Top 16
Spokane Community College
Spokane Falls Community College
Elisa Vigil, New Century Transfer Scholar, Trustee Scholar, WSECU Top 16
Tacoma Community College
Gina Marie Jones
Walla Walla Community College
Wenatchee Valley College
Heather Coffman, WSECU Top 16
Whatcom Community College
Vi Nguyen, WSECU Top 16
Yakima Valley College
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.
|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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-864-6311|
|University of Washington||10||TBD||TBD||Carlos Williams, Office of Admissions, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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):
$ 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-777-4580|
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
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