SCF Alumnus Evans Rimel Named 2014 Hites Scholar
(Bradenton, Fla., August 28, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) alumnus Donald Evans Rimel III has been named a recipient of the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship, the society’s most prestigious and largest scholarship offering.
He is one of only 10 students out of 2,200 applicants to receive a $7,500 scholarship and medallion, which will be presented during the PTK 2015 annual convention in April. The scholarship will be awarded to two-year students enrolled in associate degree programs and eligible to transfer to a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting senior institution in Fall 2014. Scholars were selected based on academic achievement, engagement in college and community activities, and leadership.
Rimel, a Spring 2014 graduate, was a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar and 2014 All-Florida Academic First Team member. While at SCF, he served as vice president of scholarship for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society, and president of the Student Government Association at SCF Bradenton and the SCF Model United Nations Club. Rimel was a two-time winner of the Outstanding Delegate Award, winner of the 2014 Security Council Top Position Paper Award at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference and recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Student in Political Science Award.
In addition, Rimel was treasurer of SCF’s Phi Beta Lambda Business Club and a member of the SCF Brain Bowl team and History Club. He also served on SCF’s Student Activities Budget Review and Quality Enhancement Plan committees.
Rimel graduated from SCF with an Associate in Arts degree. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the University of Florida and later plans to earn a master’s degree in accounting.
The Hites Scholarship Program was made possible by donations and matching gifts from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and donors to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation was established by Robert Hites, an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Mo. The Hites Foundation grant to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation will fund the scholarship endowment to allow more scholarships to be awarded to society members.