Two outstanding Phoenix College
Students have been designated
All-Arizona Academic Team Members.
Phoenix College (PC) students Pocahontas Daniels and Brittany Spears have been named to the 2021-22 All-Arizona Academic Team, and 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, 78 students were evaluated based on academic performance and service to the 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.
“We are incredibly proud of the All Arizona Academic honorees across the state, and especially of Brittany and Pocahontas, who are exceptional students,” said Interim PC President Dr. Clyne G. H. Namuo. “The academic rigor these students exhibit is inspiring. Phoenix College continues to be a place where students flourish and grow as scholars and people.”
About the Recipients
BRITTANY SPEARS, pictured top left
Brittany Spears will graduate from Phoenix College with an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in psychology in May, 2022. She is a regional officer of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, volunteers at various events and programs helping inspire minority girls to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and she is an entrepreneur; running a part-time business, while also working at a local charter school. This fall, Brittany will study neuropsychology at Arizona State University – and plans to continue her education pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology, to explore the environmental and genetic influences to synaptic responses in the human brain. Read more about Brittany's story HERE.
POCAHONTAS DANIELS, pictured bottom left
Pocahontas Daniels will graduate from Phoenix College with an Associate of Applied Science in Interpreter Preparation, an Associate of Arts in General Studies, and a Certificate of Completion in Deaf Studies in May, 2022. She is fluent in three languages; Spanish, English and American Sign Language. This fall, Pocahontas will pursue a degree at Arizona State University – W.P. Carey School of Business – to bolster her business acumen, and plans to continue practicing ASL during her university studies, with the hope of becoming a nationally certified trilingual interpreter, and an independent contractor. Read more about Pocahontas's story HERE.
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