1 All - USA Academic Team Applicant & Nominator Guide USA Academic Team seeks to honor outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to - The All . Because hold up as representatives of all outstanding students enrolled in associate degree/certificate programs ring by fall 2019 and 2 a total of four students per campus ( ing transfer each school is limited to nominating 2 enter student s put into their application will determine how competitive they ), the workforce prior to fall 2019 the work story in a coherent fashion is critical in letting nominator s and will be in the national competition. Weaving their , what judges know who are doing, and why they feel qu alified to receive this recognition. the student is they nominees All‐USA Academic Team may also be considered for the Coca‐Cola Academic Team, New Century hip programs, and All‐State Academic Teams where applicable. To be considered for th ese Pathway Scholars , students must be nominated by the designated nominator on their college’s campus. scholarship s The online application opens September 15, 201 8 both students and nominators. Student a ccess will , for access by at 5:00 pm CT on November 15, 2018. Nominators will Dece mber 1, 2018 , at 5:00 pm CT to submit close have until . Student applications and nominations must be submitted online; incomplete applications will their nominations not be considered for nomination. Students MUST: Eligibility – Be enrolled through December 2018 in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours [or nine (9) quarter credit hours] ▪ - level coursework at the time of application. of associate degree, college Hold a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all c ollege - level coursework ▪ . completed in the past five years Include all transcripts, fall 201 3 o present. – GPA is evaluated at the time of application, and no courses can be marked as incomplete. Student must o 1 maintain a 3.50 or higher GPA through the fall 20 semester to remain eligible. 8 1 ▪ e on track to earn an associate or a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of a U.S. associate or bachelor's degree). B ▪ Applicants must have a minimum of 36 semester (or 54 quarter) college‐level credit hour s completed at or transferred in n associate degree or certificate program by December 31, 201 8 , and 48 semester (or 72 quarter) to a 2 by August 31, 201 9 . hours college‐level credit To be considered for the , the student must be enrolled at least part‐time at a o Coca‐Cola Academic Team for the fall 201 semester. Proof of enrollment will be requested. college 9 To be considered for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship , the student must be enrolled at least o - 1 0 part 9 semester. Proof of enrollment will be requested. time at a college for the fall 2 New Century Workforce Pathway Schol arship , the student must be entering the o To be considered for the prior to fall 2019 after completing a certificate or associate degree. workforce ▪ ot have previously been nominated for the All‐USA Academic Team or the Coca‐Cola Academic Team. N Hold ▪ ermanent or temporary residency in the country of the college the student is attending or possess a visa p considered appropriate by the college. Please see the help article or application for acceptable documents ve rifying proof of citizenship. Students who attend o college in the United States do not need to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Students attending colleges outside of the United States need to be member s of Phi Theta Kappa and may o Scholars only apply for the New Century programs. Pathway hip ▪ college record free of suspension, probation or ot her disciplinary action. Have a ▪ Not have a criminal record, or if a convicted felon, must have all conditions of sentencing, including 3 parole/ probation, completed. 1 Workforce Pathway applicants must be on track to earn an associate degree, career or technical certificate prior to fall 2019. 2 Workforce Pathway applicants must have a minimum of 6 semester (or 9 quarter) college - level credits of associate degree - level coursework completed 8 . by December 31, 201 3 y will not be considered for Coca - Cola - related scholarships. Having a criminal record does not disqualify applicants; however, the
2 All‐USA Academic Team Applicant Guide Overview , career or technical certificate, or Applicants considered as nominees may be pursuing an associate degree - USA Academic Team is a merit award based on your intend to transfer to the four year school. The All - while pursuing your associate degree . Judging criteria include academic excellence and accomplishments d how you have extended your education beyond the classroom intellectual rigor; leadership and service; an ominators are asked to consider to benefit society. N a wide variety of information in the application: the participation in honors programs; ny awards, honors, and body of the student’s academic work; the student’s a s for academic or leadership recognition when achievement; and service to the college and community selecting college’s nominees . Nominees selected may be considered role models on their campus. the their college. Nominators are asked to consider students they feel would be a proud representation of Leadership Considerations application is the 500‐word essay describing your most significant endeavor since The centerpiece of your ollege attending c applied your academic or intellectual skills learned during your college in which you experience to benefit the school, community or society. Judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings. Your endeavor ca n be based in community service, research, the arts, journalism or public affairs. Students who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in service learning, who contributed to scholarly research, or who have made lasting contributions to their campus or community make excellent candidates. If endeavors are not yet complete, they must be far enough along so that the nominee and can discuss the specifics of work done thus far. recommender Academic Considerations The program is an "academic" team as wel l, so your academic record is important. Judges look at the overall academic record and how well your courses match your career goals. Transcripts are evaluated when a st GPA s are evaluated at the point of submission. Remedial or udent's application is received, and developmental courses are removed and are not counted toward the student's required total courses or toward the cumulative GPA. The application allows space for you to explain circumstances that may have affected your transcript, so if you have experienced several withdrawals or a temporary drop in grades, please detail the reasoning on your application. It will not necessarily rule you out of the competition; h owever, research shows statistically that s tudents with several withdrawals do not achieve high academic rigor. As a result, a student nominee with more than a couple of unexplained withdrawals will not typically advance in competition. udges will view your course information over the history of your college attendance. J The discussion questions posed are structured to give judges a sense of your background. The program is open to part‐time as well as full‐time students, so the answers to discussion questions give the judges a sense of your comm itments outside of school so that your achievements can be seen in context . The questions should not be interpreted to mean that you must have overcome obstacles or be somehow disadvantaged in order to be named to the All‐USA Academic Team. Questions? Contact [email protected] .
3 All‐USA Academic Team Nominator Guide Thank you for considering nominating students to the 201 201 9 All‐USA Academic Team! Please read the 8 - carefully even if you have nominated students in the past. following Who to Nominate may be pursuing an associate degree , career or technical certificate, or intend to transfer to the N ominees year school . The All - USA Academic Team is a merit award based on the students’ accomplishments while - four . Judging criteria include academic excellence and intellectual pursuing their associate degree or certificate rigor; leadership and service; and how students have extended their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. In selecting nominees to represent your institution, nominators are asked to consider outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement; and service to the college and community. The nominees you select may be considered role models on your campus. Consider students in which you would be proud to represent your college. Leadership Considerations The centerpiece of the nomination is the 500‐word essay descri bing the nominee's most significant endeavor attending college in which the student applied his or her academic or intellectual skills learned during since their college experience to benefit Judges look for innovative, creative, the school, community or society. can be in community service, in research, the arts, original and lasting achievements or undertakings. It journalism or public affairs. Students who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in service learning, w ho contributed to scholarly research, or who have made lasting contributions to your campus or community may make excellent candidates. If endeavors are not yet complete, they must be far enough along so that the nominee and recommender can discuss the sp ecifics of work done thus far. Academic Considerations Judges look at the The program is an "Academic" team as well, so the student's academic record is important. The allows ication overall academic record and how well students' courses match their career goals. appl students to explain circumstances that may have affected their transcript(s), so students with several However, carefully consider withdrawals or a temporary drop in grades should not necessarily be ruled out. thdrawals as statistically they do not achieve high academic rigor. those students with several wi As a result, a nominee with more than a couple of unexplained withdrawals will not typically advance in competition. To cript in advance for both ensure a quality applicant, it is wise to review a nominee's trans breadth academic and depth. The discussion questions posed are structured to give judges a sense of the nominee's background. The program is open to part‐time as well as full‐time students, so the answers to discussion question s give the judges a sense of the student’s background and commitments outside of school so that the student’s achievements can be seen in context. The questions should not be interpreted to mean students must have taged in order to be named to the All‐USA Academic Team. overcome obstacles or be somehow disadvan Program Details Nominees to the All‐USA Academic Team may also be considered for the Coca‐Cola Academic Team, New Century Pathway Scholars hip programs, and All‐State Academic Teams where applicable. Nominator st instructions are emailed directly to nominators If you do not receive login instructions by October 1 . , check your spam folder , and call the Scholarship team at 601.987.5741.
4 How t o hange the N ominator at Y our S chool : C Each year Phi Theta Kappa will contact the college president or CEO and nominator from the previous year to determine the individual who will serve as the college/campus nominator for the current year. If a response Nomination is not received, the college president or CEO is automatically designated as the nominator. instructions and login information will be sent directly to the designated nominator. The college president . can change here their designated n ominator ominate a S How to N tudent - USA Academic Team program is In order to increase the quantity and quality of student applications, the All open to all eligible students. This increases the number of applicants received and provides a greater variety of student representation from which to choose. - select a total of four students per Each college may self transfer ring by fall 2019 and 2 enter campus (2 the workforce prior to fall 2019 ) to nominate for the ing program. Nominators may view ho have started an application. This grid will include S tatus a grid of their students w A ction icons that will allow nominators to view or track the student’s application status. and By hovering over the ction icons with their cursor, nominators will be able to view the function of each icon. A One change to the application this year is that students are only required to upload one of letter recommendation accomplishments as well as civic involvement . Applications speaking to their leadership submitted without the uploaded letter of recommendati on will be considered incomplete. It is the student’s responsibility to request and upload the letter of recommendation before the application deadline. If the college would like to build in more time to review and prior to the deadline, please determine nominees . consider establishing and publicizing an earlier internal deadline for completion of student applications o nsiderations Important C could be made public through the media. application Nominees must realize anything they submit in the – Students must consider carefully the possibility that should they win, publicity about their accomplishments – work with support groups or advocacy, for example could carry implications about their personal lives or immigration status. In fairness to all nominees, and because winners' forms are used as the basis for news coverage of the teams, contents are subject to fact‐checking. Please note that all nominees will be required to As a nominator, you are requested to notify Phi Theta Kappa if a nominee go through a verification process. faces any type of disciplinary action during the time between nomination and public awarding at the AACC Convention and/or the Association of Community College Trustees Congress . Transcripts are evaluat ed when a student's application is received , and GPA s are evaluated at the point of submission. Remedial or developmental courses are removed and are not counted toward the student's required total courses or toward the cumulative GPA. If there is a ques tion about the student's grades or whether they are eligible, it may benefit the student to have the transcript evaluated prior to credits and 8 grades and credits upon request. submission. All nominees must send transcripts reflecting fall 201 Failure to submit these transcripts will result in the application being eliminated from consideration of national scholarships. Should your student be selected as an All - USA Academic Team Scholar or New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar, your college is responsible for covering the scholar’s travel and accommodation expenses to the am held at the AACC Convention. Should your student be selected as a New Century recognition progr Workforce Pathway Scholar, attendance at the Associ ation of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) Congress where scholars will be recognized is not required. If the student chooses to attend this event, travel expenses are the responsibility of the student and/or college . Questions? Contact [email protected] .