CAC Student Named Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholar

By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing

Central Arizona College student, Jennifer Montreuil-McGowan, is one of eight students selected internationally as an Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholar. She will receive a scholarship of $1,000 and a commemorative certificate.

Montreuil-McGowan was born in St. Catharines Ontraio, Canada and is a self-taught artist. For 22 years, she worked as a hairstylist and make-up artist both behind the chair and for film and television. She moved to Eloy, AZ in 2011. She became interested in skydiving and completely immersed herself in the sport. Her flying adventures are often depicted in her paintings. While attending classes at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus, she continues to do hair and make-up at the Eloy Wellness Center. Jennifer is completing an honors degree in Fine Arts, maintains a 4.0 grade point average and has been on the honor roll the past three semesters. Upon completion of her degree at CAC she plans to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Phi Theta Kappa's Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the first college credential, an associate degree or certificate, while enrolled in the two-year college. This scholarship was created through a collaborative effort between benefactors Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf, the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and the Society’s 2011-2012 International Officers.  

Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise $250,000 in order to receive a one-to-one challenge grant, resulting in a total $500,000 endowment for the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.

"We are very grateful to Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf and donors to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation for reaching the goal of the first challenge grant and making these scholarships available to our members,” said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley. “Congratulations to our recipients. Without a doubt the Oberndorf Scholarships will make a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students -- making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees."

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually. Learn more at

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