SCF’s Juliana Arias Named a 2017 Hites Scholar

(Bradenton, Fla., June 8, 2017) — Juliana Arias, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Outstanding Graduate Award winner, has been selected as one of 10 students to receive a 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship of $7,500 to help her attain her baccalaureate degree. The award is the honor society’s most prestigious and largest scholarship.  

More than 3,100 students applied for the scholarship, made possible by support from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. A panel of independent judges selected the 10 Hites Scholars based on outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community activities.

Arias graduated in May with her Associate in Arts degree with a 3.93 grade point average. She plans to pursue a career in international relations and won an Outstanding Delegate Award as part of the Model UN team at SCF. She served as vice president of the SCF Student Government Association and president of the Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, where she pushed service projects that help SCF’s neediest students. She speaks three languages – English, Spanish and French. She plans to attend the University of Florida.

The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation was established by Robert Hites, an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Mo. The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise funds that would be matched almost 2 to 1 by the Hites Family Foundation to create a $1 million scholarship endowment.

Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society that recognizes the academic achievement of community college students who want to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine countries.

 Juliana Arias

Juliana Arias

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