LCCC Students Named 2022-2023 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team Members
Lehigh Carbon Community College students Emma Hope of Tamaqua and Evangelique Myers of Whitehall have been named members of the 2022-2023 All- Pennsylvania Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa (the international honor society for two-year colleges), the Coca Cola Corporation, the State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC). The students will be recognized with other award recipients state-wide in Harrisburg on March 27.
Emma Hope, graduate of Tamaqua High School, is a psychology major at LCCC as well as president of the Student Government Association. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Psi Beta, the national honor society for psychology majors at two-year schools. She is in the Honor Scholars Program at LCCC and is a peer mentor for the First Year Experience. She has volunteered at numerous college events including New Student Convocation, Open House, Spirit Week and the Service and Activities Fair. Hope plans to continue her education in psychology at Kutztown University.
In addition, Hope has been named a 2023 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship. Selection was based on the score earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition, which received more than 2,400 applications this year. Nominations were evaluated on academic achievement, leadership, service and significant endeavors. Hope received the highest score in Pennsylvania and is the only recipient from the Commonwealth.
The New Century Scholar program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Phi Theta Kappa. Hope and other recipients nationwide will be recognized at the AACC Convention in April in Denver.
Evangelique Myers lives in Whitehall and graduated from Dulles High School in Texas. She is a biology and chemical technology major at LCCC. She is the Honors in Action Chair for Phi Theta Kappa, serving as the lead scholar to research, plan and implement the chapter’s project. In addition, Myers has volunteered at the college as a tour guide for Open House and for numerous PTK outreach and awareness events. She also represented LCCC at the PTK Middle States Region, Summer Leadership Conference and Regional Convention and completed the PTK Edge Research course. She is also a peer mentor for the First Year Experience. Myers plans to continue her studies in biology and chemical technology at West Chester University.
Selection for the academic team is competitive and students must have completed at least 36 credits at a community college and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.
Each member of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team receives a full two-year scholarship to any of the universities in the PASSHE system and competes at the national level for scholarships from the All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team.