Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR LAGUARDIA PTK MEMBERS


Dear PTK members,
Phi Theta Kappa would like to invite all eligible students to apply for the All-USA Academic Team Competition-a scholarship program.  This competition includes multiple scholarships. The scholarship application is online only. 
How to access the application:
You will find the online application at https://my.ptk.org/edge/login/index.php 
You will need to log in after creating an account there, and once you are in your account, you will be asked for an enrollment key, which is MDI4MDQ52409 
Instructions are available at https://my.ptk.org/edge/login/index.php.
PTK members already have a username and password that they can use to log in, and they can retrieve both at the above link. 

To access the scholarship application, after you log in you must first complete the “Eligibility Quiz”. This quiz includes questions that share eligibility criteria across multiple scholarship programs. You must take and pass this quiz to be eligible to access the online application. If you do not pass the quiz, you are ineligible to apply for any of the scholarships on the Fall Common Scholarship Application at this time. 

Once the eligibility quiz is completed, you will be able to access the common application. The Fall Common Application includes consideration for multiple scholarships, including the All-USA Community College Academic Team, the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, the New Century Scholars, All-State Community College Academic Team programs, the Guistwhite Scholarship and the Hites Transfer Scholarship. Please note that you will first be asked a series of question to determine for which scholarships you are eligible. Your answers on the program eligibility will open only those scholarship applications to which you may apply. 

Our students have been successful in this merit and leadership-based award in the past. Every year, the college nominates 2 students for the competition. The LAGUARDIA scholarship deadline is Nov 4, 2011.  The campus committee that will review applications from LaGuardia students will only accept applications up to that date, and they will choose from those applications the two applicants the college will nominate. The two applicants selected as the college nominees by the PTK advisory committee will be asked to provide additional materials and/or revise their application to strengthen it. If you have any questions about the process for this competition, please contact Dr. Vasileiou at lvasileiou@lagcc.cuny.edu. 

Note that this is not a need-based award.  When contacting Dr. Vasileiou, be sure to note the ways you have met the following requirements:
●   Must have a cumulative college-level (not counting remedial courses) GPA of at least 3.5 (higher preferred).  If the student has attended more than one school, all transcripts will be recalculated to determine the cumulative GPA for all college-level course work taken. GPA is evaluated at the point of application and the student must maintain a 3.50 or higher GPA through the Fall 2011 semester to remain eligible.
●   Courses taken should include upper-level courses and/or Honors courses.
●   Must not have Incomplete courses on record.
●   All remedial requirements must be completed at the time of application.
●     Students must be on track to earn an associate or a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of a U.S. associate or bachelor's degree). Students need to have a minimum of 36 semester (48 quarter) college-level credits completed at or transferred to a community college by December 31, 2011 (past 5 years only count: Fall 2006-present). Students must have at least 48 semester (or 72 quarter) college-level credits by August 31, 2012.
●   Currently enrolled at LaGuardia
●   Must have temporary or permanent U.S. residency or be attending college on an appropriate visa
●   Must have a strong record of campus and/or community service, or significant research or work experience (both preferred but not required).  It is not enough to have titled positions in organizations.  Students must be able to demonstrate specific leadership roles played in their organizations, and must have initiated and implemented at least one significant campus or community project.
●   Must have 2 professors who can write letters of references that specifically address the applicant’s academic performance (one letter) AND major leadership and service projects (second letter).
●   IMPORTANT: For the Nov 4 deadline, ALL-USA Academic team applicants do not need letters of recommendation. Only those 2 candidates selected by the college as the LaGuardia nominees will have to provide letters of recommendation. You should go ahead, however, and ask for letters to give professors enough time to write them, and please give the faculty member the essays on which the letters will be based (esp. the major endeavor essay).  The letters of recommendation are the keystone to a successful application and they have to be very specific and tailored to the candidate's strengths.
●   To be considered for the Guistwhite Scholarship, your transcripts must show 45 semester or (60 quarter) college-level credits by December 31, 2011.
●   To be considered for the Hites Transfer Scholarship, you will need to demonstrate that you have 50 semester (or 75 quarter) college-level credits by the time you are ready to transfer to a senior institution in Fall 2012.


Sincerely,



Alpha Theta Phi

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