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Lehigh Carbon Community College

Schnecksville, Pa., Feb. 20, 2024 – Lehigh Carbon Community College student Marie Victoire Alexis has been selected as a 2023 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholar from the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist Phi Theta Kappa members in overcoming unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the college credential, an associate degree, or certificate while enrolled in college.

Marie is the first Oberndorf Scholar from LCCC. A psychology major, she is currently president of the LCCC Student Government Association and vice president of the college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Marie is also a peer mentor with the First-Year Experience, is an Honors Scholar and was selected to participate in the Bucknell University Summer Program in 2023. She is also a member of the Student Advisory Council for Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. As an international student, Marie took advantage of numerous opportunities to overcome challenges and to be an involved member of the student community. She will graduate from LCCC in May 2024.

The scholarship is named for Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf. Lou co-founded METI, a world leader in medical education technology whose products are used in many community colleges as well as in the world’s leading medical schools. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees.

Up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships are awarded annually.

“Marie is a shining example of an LCCC student with her commitment to hard work and improving the lives of her fellow students,” says LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber. “She has made an incredible impact on the college community. Marie has a bright future and I look forward to seeing how she continues to achieve her educational goals.”

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa honor society recognizes the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.

Founded in 1966, Lehigh Carbon Community College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, with more than 28% of the student body identifying as Hispanic/Latino. The college served more than 8,800 credit and nearly 3,000 noncredit students in 2021-22 from Lehigh, Carbon, Schuylkill and surrounding counties. LCCC offers two-year associate degrees, certificate and specialized diploma programs, and workforce training and has more than 90 programs of study. Classes are offered at the main campus in Schnecksville and sites in Allentown, Tamaqua and Lehigh Valley International Airport, as well as online.