Superstition Mountain Campus student Aline Kraus named Guistwhite Scholar

Aline KrausBy Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Aline Kraus (Wäschenbeuren, Germany/Hohenstaufen Gymnasium Göppingen), a student at Central Arizona College's Superstition Mountain Campus, has been recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as a 2014 Guistwhite Scholarship recipient.

Kraus, who was also a First Team All-Arizona Academic honoree, will have the opportunity to travel to PTK's annual convention in Orlando, Fla. in late April to receive her award.

In total, Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of the two-year college, selected 20 students nationwide for the Guistwhite scholarship.

Each year PTK awards $100,000 in scholarship funds, with each Guistwhite Scholar receiving a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies and a commemorative medallion.

Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The 20 recipients for 2014 were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,700 applicants to receive this scholarship, the second-highest offered by Phi Theta Kappa.

In addition to serving as chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa at the Superstition Mountain Campus, Kraus is involved in CAC's Student Leadership Organization and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Club, and is an officer for the campus's Community Outreach and Service organization.

An Honors Faculty Scholarship recipient, Kraus presented at the Western Regional Honors Conference in Flagstaff last spring. With the eventual goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, Kraus, who holds a 4.0 grade point average, will be transferring to the University of Arizona.

The Guistwhite Scholar Program is named in honor of the late Dr. Jack Guistwhite and his widow, Margaret Guistwhite. Dr. Guistwhite established the first designated transfer scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa members at Florida Atlantic University in 1975. The Guistwhite Scholarships were established by Phi Theta Kappa in 1992.

"Dr. Jack Guistwhite planted a seed in 1975 that resulted in more than 750 colleges and universities designating transfer scholarships for thousands of Phi Theta Kappa members," said Phi Theta Kappa's Executive Director Dr. Rod A. Risley. "It is fitting that we continue to honor our students who excel in scholarship and leadership in Phi Theta Kappa as Guistwhite Scholars in memory of Jack and in honor of his wife Margaret. Through their generosity and those who support scholarships through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, these students will receive funds to help them complete their degrees."

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

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