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,
San Tan: Beverly Demaline, 480-677-7834,
Signal Peak/Maricopa: Heather Moulton, 520-494-5384,  
Superstition Mountain: Stacie Kyhn, 480-677-7802,

What it Means to be a Team Member

Each year students from the district 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. Application materials will become available on the Phi Theta Kappa website in October. The deadline to submit materials is November 10, 2015.

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.


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, or the Honors office, 520-494-5380,


All-Arizona Academic Team
Pictured back row (left to right): Audrey Bimbi, Olivia Jaqua, Edward Aguirre, Dr. Carol Johnson, Honors Faculty/Director; front row: Tigest Maru, and Cassandra Holcombe.

2015 - 2016 Scholarship Winners

Aravaipa Campus

  • Edward Aguirre

Maricopa Campus

  • Cassandra Holcombe

San Tan Campus

  • Tigest Maru

Superstition Mountain Campus

  • Olivia Jaqua

Signal Peak Campus

  • Audrey Bimbi

Olivia Jaqua and Tigest Maru, have been selected as a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar and student nominees! Selection as Coca-Cola Scholars was based on scores the students earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,700 applications were received this year. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Congratulations to Olivia and Tigest!




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