CAC Graduate Named Hites Scholar
By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing
Central Arizona College graduate, Nathaniel Bush was recently selected as one of only ten students to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2015 Hites Transfer Scholarship, the Society's most prestigious and largest scholarship offering. The 2015 Hites Transfer Scholars were selected from more than 2,100 applicants worldwide.
As a Hites Scholar, Bush will receive a $7,500 scholarship and a medallion during Phi Theta Kappa's 2016 Annual Convention.
Bush, who attended Central Arizona College's Superstition Mountain Campus, transferred to Arizona State University this fall to pursue a liberal arts degree.
During his time at CAC, Bush maintained a 4.0 grade point average. He was an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, serving as Vice President of the college project, and publicity coordinator for the Superstition Mountain Student Leadership Organization. He was named the Outstanding first year student for CAC for the 2013-2014 academic year and served as one of the student speakers during the May 2015 CAC commencement ceremony.
The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation was established by Robert Hites, an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon his retirement he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became an instructor at St. Louis Community College.
Hites turned down opportunities to teach at prestigious senior institutions because he valued the educational experience offered by community colleges and he witnessed the determination and will to succeed of his community college students. He also came to understand their needs and was determined to help them achieve their dreams, as he had achieved his.
The Hites Scholarship Program was made possible by donations and matching gifts from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and donors to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.