NIC student receives esteemed scholarship award


North Idaho College student Kim Lee of Hayden was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, toward the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
 
Lee was chosen by the national Phi Theta Kappa office as a 2005 New Century Scholar, receiving a $2,000 scholarship funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa. Only one student from each state is selected every year through their scores on the All-USA Academic Team competition, which honors scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments.
 
An NIC student has been chosen as the New Century Scholar for Idaho for the past five years.
 
Lee serves as the scholarship coordinator for NIC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society for two-year colleges that is the largest student organization on NIC's campus with more than 200 members. Lee also serves as a peer mentor in NIC's Student Support Services program, a federally-funded TRIO program focused on helping participating students stay in school and successfully graduate from NIC and transfer to a four-year institution.
 
“When I finally became comfortable at NIC as a returning adult student, I assumed the best reward would come in the form of the education I would receive, and that has certainly been wonderful,” said Lee, who is also a single mother of two children since her husband's death in 1993. “However, serving fellow students and helping them achieve great things for themselves has truly been the most rewarding aspect of my education, as it allows me to put that education into practice in such a way that others reap the benefits.”
 
Lee plans to graduate from NIC in May with an associate's degree in social work. She hopes to earn a bachelor's degree in social work from Lewis-Clark State College and eventually a master's degree from Eastern Washington University.
 
Lee will attend the Phi Theta Kappa international convention April 9-12 in Boston, Mass., with the nation's other New Century Scholars.


For More Information
NIC Phi Theta Kappa Adviser Kathy Christie, (208) 769-3403

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2005

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