Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Dozens of students from Virginia’s Community Colleges were honored this month for their commitment to academic excellence and public service during a celebratory luncheon in Richmond.

VWCC President Robert Sandel holds photos of PTK students Neel Patel and Amelia Whitehead while VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois holds their medals (neither student was able to attend the ceremony).

They’re now members of an elite group, having been formally inducted into Phi Theta Kappa — the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. And membership has its privileges. Among them, access to scholarships, a personal and professional development plan for building marketable skills and an online portfolio and personalized letters of recommendation for scholarships and employment.

To be eligible, each student must have completed at least 12 hours of associate degree course work with a cumulative 3.5 GPA.

But, these students are not just the ones taking copious notes. They are working to make a difference outside of the classroom as well. They are tutors for other students, building food pantries, serving in leadership roles in their PTK chapters, organizing blood drives, doing undergraduate research and projects that improve both their colleges and communities.

The students, accompanied by their college presidents, were presented with colorful medallions in recognition of their achievements. Chancellor Glenn DuBois was also on hand to personally congratulate each of them.

To view the photo gallery from this year’s ceremony, click here.'

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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