All-Arizona / All-USA Academic Team Scholarship

Contact the Phi Theta Kappa Advisor at your campus for more information.

Aravaipa: Maren Wilson, 520-357-2825, maren.wilson@centralaz.edu
Signal Peak: Heather Moulton, 520-494-5384, heather.moulton@centralaz.edu   Superstition Mountain.: Christopher Demaline, 480-677-7778, christopher.demaline@centralaz.edu

What it Means to be a Team Member

Each year two graduating students from each campus are selected to represent CAC on the All-Arizona / All-USA Academic Team. Those students earn state-wide acclaim in the media and attend a celebratory luncheon that is also attended by many CAC dignitaries. In some years, a CAC student has even been spotlighted for international recognition. These are the twenty special awardees that you might have seen pictured in USA Today. But they are not the only winners.

Every Arizona student on any of the All-Arizona/All-USA Academic Team is awarded a two-year scholarship to the student's choice of one of our three state universities. ASU, UofA, and NAU are very pleased to welcome these academic stars to their campus. In addition, all six CAC members receive a cash scholarship as well.

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Benefits and Process

Because the pay-off is so substantial, the competition is keen. Each applicant must complete an application package, which typically includes demographic data, GPA, essays on a designated topics and letters of recommendation, as well as whatever else the national committee has designated as competition requirements. Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the American Association of Community Colleges and USA Today, the All-USA Team's national committee also establishes guidelines for criteria by which applications will be evaluated. 

Although applicants are not required to be members of Phi Theta Kappa, CAC designates the Phi Theta Kappa Advisor(s) at each campus to coordinate the application process, which includes selecting a team to evaluate the applications. Most of the process takes place at the campus level, but the DHPS oversees the managing of the process. Students at all three campuses have the same deadlines as well as the same written requirements. 

The application requirements are somewhat different each year. But expect this: in addition to achieving well academically, selected applicants have contributed to their community and are able to express themselves well.

Completing a scholarship application package is not an easy process. It takes time, and it takes skill. That skill is developed by students during the process, usually with the help of the Phi Theta Kappa Advisor and other supportive campus staff. For many students it is the first time they have applied for a large scholarship. Because students learn so much from the process, it could truly be said that everyone is a winner. Those who applied but were not selected are much better prepared to submit successful scholarship applications in the future.

For specific information about requirements and timeline, see your Phi Theta Kappa Advisor or contact either Carol Johnson, Professor of Honors, 520-494-5108,  carol.johnson8@centralaz.edu or the Honors office, 520-494-5380, honors.education@centralaz.edu.

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Scholarship Winners 2012-2013

Aravaipa Campus

  • Lynda Dickey
  • Alejandro Romero

Superstition Mountain Campus

  • Mayra Gutierrez
  • Cole McClary

Signal Peak Campus

  • Shirley Gutierrez
  • Gerardo Lona-Rios

 

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