Three Holmes Community College students, Ashlee Bennett of Grenada, Johnna Davis of Flora and Hallie Westbrook of Pickens, were chosen for the new Get2College intern scholarship program in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). These three ladies are all members of Phi Theta Kappa chapters; Bennett on the Holmes Grenada Campus, Davis on the Ridgeland Campus and Westbrook in Goodman.
The three Holmes students were among the 18 chosen from eligible community colleges and universities across the state. As Get2College Corps members, they will be awarded $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) to assist high school students and their families with FAFSA completion and state financial aid applications. They will carry out these duties over the course of a 10-week period during the school year, from October to March, 2017-18.
A program of the nonprofit Woodward Hines Education Foundation, Get2College is a statewide resource for college admission and financial aid advice. The program offers students and their families options to help them plan, prepare and pay for college. Free counseling service centers are available in Jackson, Ocean Springs and Southaven, and the new model college access program delivers intensive counseling services in a small number of select schools.
Bennett, a sophomore biological science major, is a graduate of Winona Christian School. Her honors and activities at Holmes include Freshman Class Favorite, Freshman Homecoming Maid, Grenada Student Body Homecoming Maid, Ambassador, Student Government Association president, Phi Theta Kappa president and Writing Center tutor. Bennett also tutors outside of Holmes and volunteers for Hudspeth Regional Center, helping developmentally-delayed adults with recreational and learning skills.
"Ashlee is a natural leader and encouraging mentor to her fellow students," said Grenada Campus Phi Theta Kappa adviser Amber Mabus. "She is very deserving of this honor, and I have no doubt that she will shine in her new position as a student intern with Get2 College."
"When I heard about this internship I knew it was something I was interested in," Bennett said. "I will be traveling to different high schools as well as helping at my college for FAFSA Fridays. I love to go out and help incoming students because I was once in their positon. This internship in a great honor and I am so excited to see what the future holds for me with Get2College!"
Davis, a sophomore social work major, is a graduate of Tri-County Academy. Her honors and activities at Holmes include Sophomore Homecoming Maid, Ambassador, Student Government Association sophomore representative and Phi Theta Kapa vice president of outreach. She is also a member of First Baptist Church of Flora and plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall of 2018.
"The Alpha Lambda Sigma Chapter is so pleased that one of our members, Johnna Davis, has been chosen to represent Holmes through the FAFSA Completion program," said Blair Booker, a Phi Theta Kappa adviser in Ridgeland. "We are certain that Johnna will be a valuable asset to the program and we look forward to hearing about its success."
Westbrook is a sophomore President's List scholar double-majoring in architectural engineering tech and accounting. Last year she served as president of the SkillsUSA officer team that placed third in the nation at the National SkillsUSA competition in June. She is currently serving as vice president of the Kappa Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and serves as a work-study student for the Office of Financial Aid. Prior to Holmes, Westbrook was homeschooled by her parents from kindergarten through 12th grade. She has been a member of the Pickens Presbyterian Church since she was 13 and participated heavily in 4-H for almost nine years.
"There could not have been a better recipient from our chapter than Westbrook to be chosen for this honor, said Will Alexander, a Goodman Campus Phi Theta Kappa adviser. "She embodies all four of the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmarks (Leadership, Fellowship, Service and Scholarship) and is a role model for role models. I am extremely pleased that she was chosen for this honor: Westbrook is a young lady who not only represents our chapter and college well, but who is also constantly pursuing excellence in all of her endeavors."
For more information about the Get2College program, visit https://get2college.org/.
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Pictured are Holmes Phi Theta Kappa members (left to right) Ashlee Bennett, Johnna Davis and Hallie Westbrook. All three young ladies were chosen for the new Get2College scholarship intern program.