Phoenix College (PC) students Christine Mada and Zachariah Knapp have been named to the 2022-23 All Arizona Academic Team. Each will receive a full-ride tuition scholarship to one of the Arizona state universities. To be considered for an All-Arizona Academic Team, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, be in good academic standing, work towards an associate degree, demonstrate leadership, and be involved on campus or volunteer in their communities.
The scholarship is presented annually by the Arizona Board of Regents to exceptional Arizona community college transfer students, based on outstanding academic performance and community service. All-Arizona Academic Scholarship recipients demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. This year, 102 students across Arizona were evaluated based on academic performance and service to their college and community.
In addition to the full-ride scholarship, All Arizona First Team members each receive $1,000, Second Team members $750, and Third Team members $500. All-Arizona Academic Team members are also eligible to be selected as one of 22 All-USA Community College Academic Team, to receive an additional $5,000.
The process of selecting students for the All-Arizona Academic Team is quite elaborate and has three judging rounds. The first round occurs at a local level, while the second and third rounds are completed in Washington D.C. by various federal and national education associations. Scores from the national competition determine each state's team rankings.
“Phoenix College is proud to recognize Christine and Zachariah as representatives on the All Arizona Academic Team,” said PC President Dr. Kimberly Britt. “These two students represent the legacy of excellence at PC. They are both committed to making the world a better place for their children and for the greater good.”
Christine Mada is majoring in Nursing at PC and plans to transfer to ASU to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She aspires to earn a master’s degree to become a Physician’s Assistant or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist. She is a Girl Scouts volunteer, member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and on the President’s List. Her daughters are her biggest cheerleaders. Christine looks forward to being there for her patients and their families as a nurse.
Zach Knapp is majoring in Psychology and Communications. He plans to transfer to ASU to earn a doctorate in Psychology. His career goal is to contribute to scientific research surrounding psychedelic assisted psychotherapy to help patients unlock the healing potential within themselves. Zach is Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President and Regional President, a Student Success Specialist, Equity Inclusion & Diversity Council Student Ambassador, and Arizona Career Readiness Credential Proctor. His honors include the President’s List, Ursa Student Leadership Award, Diversity Advisory Council Award, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He believes neuroplasticity symbolizes our ability to be more than we are today and motivates him to keep working toward a world he hopes his daughters’ children inherit.