LCTCS Announces 2018 PTK All-Louisiana Academic Team

Timothy Owen Masterson II, Nunez Community College.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) recently announced the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Louisiana All-Academic Team. Twenty-two high-achieving two-year college students from across the state were recognized for their academic and civic accomplishments during an awards ceremony last week in Baton Rouge.

The All-Academic Team recognizes high academic achievement and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors courses, leadership, service and fellowship programming. Keynote speaker and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) President and CEO Lynn Tincher-Ladner encouraged the honorees to continue their education as a way to improve personal and career growth and earnings.

Two PTK New Century Scholarships were also announced. The New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship recognizes the top transfer-bound student in each state and the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship recognizes the top workforce-bound student in each state. These programs recognize 100 scholars each year with scholarships ranging from $1,250 to $2,250. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. The New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Phi Theta Kappa Presidents Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.

New Century Workforce Scholar, Timothy Owen Masterson II, Nunez Community College, Chalmette Campus, $1,250 scholarship.

Also in attendance were LCTCS Board of Supervisors Chair, Tim Hardy; Commissioner of Higher of Education, Dr. Joseph Rallo; and President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (LAICU), Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III.

Nationally, 73% of Phi Theta Kappa graduates transfer to four-year universities. Last year, more than 15,000 LCTCS graduates transferred to four-year colleges and universities nationwide. In recent years, the LCTCS has worked with four-year university partners across the State to established transfer scholarships for PTK members who graduate from LCTCS colleges. Today, Phi Theta Kappa graduates from LCTCS colleges have the opportunity to earn transfer scholarships to LSU, Southern University, Northwestern State University, the University of New Orleans, Xavier University and Dillard University. Several four-year universities sent recruiters to last week’s event, including the University of New Orleans, Northwestern State University, and Louisiana State University.

Members of the All-Academic Team now become eligible for the All-USA Community College Academic Team, sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges.