Pictured: TOP: SSC's spring PTK inductees recite their oath at the college's Academic Achievement Awards last week.
BOTTOM: Kameeka Roberson, Dixmoor resident, was presented with the Mi-Jack Products Educational Fund Scholarship by Don Manning, college president. She is studying Engineering & Computer Information Systems at SSC.
SOUTH HOLLAND, IL South Suburban College (SSC) presented their 2014 Academic Achievement Awards in a ceremony last week at the college's Performing Arts Center.
The annual event for students features the spring Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) national honors society induction ceremony, SSC Foundation (SSCF) scholarship awards, and departmental scholarships.
The mission of PTK is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students; and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. On the national level, PTK students are widely recognized as academic achievers and have access to hundreds of scholarships open to PTK members only upon transfer or pursuit of their advanced degrees. This spring, 51 SSC students were inducted into PTK, meeting college president Don Manning's goal to expand the program on campus. PTK members at SSC receive benefits and privileges in addition to the national recognition. These advantages include but are not limited to:
- Participation in the Academic Achievement Awards formal induction ceremony with a small induction gift.
- Access to a private study lounge with computers and printers.
- Ability to wear a gold PTK stole to graduation.
- Invitation to a free dinner once per semester.
- Participation with a guest at a free cultural outing once per semester.
- Participation in monthly meetings and fundraisers.
- Ability to run for election as officers of PTK.
Also at the Academic Achievement Awards, the SSCF presented the majority of its 2014-15 scholarships to students in attendance. The SSCF offers a comprehensive range of scholarship awards based on a variety of qualifications. The SSCF is on pace to award more than 150 scholarships totaling over $100,000 for the sixth consecutive year, and has now awarded $1.6 million is scholarships since 1989. With the cost of higher education on the rise and the level of state funding on the decline, students are finding it more and more difficult to afford a full-time college education. The Foundation's continued growth and support is often critical for students to begin or continue their college education.
The SSCF continues to award high school graduates with $750 scholarship awards throughout the summer until funds are exhausted. The college also sponsors unlimited Board of Trustees Scholarships, which are full tuition waivers up to 12 credit hours per semester for high school graduates who have a 3.5 (on 4.0 scale), or graduate in the top 15% of their class. For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org