NWFSC Student Named 2024 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Scholar


NWFSC Student Named 2024 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Scholar

NICEVILLE, Fla. – Genesis Jimenez Chavez, a Northwest Florida State College student, has been selected as one of the ten Phi Theta Kappa members to receive a 2024 Hites Scholar award. This prestigious scholarship provides $7,500 for baccalaureate studies.

The Hites Transfer Scholarship is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members who are preparing to transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting college or university.  Winners are selected from a pool of 3,000 applicants nationwide, based on their outstanding academic achievements and rigor, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in college and community activities.

“We are immensely proud of Genesis Jimenez Chavez for being awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Hites Scholarship,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “This acknowledgment serves as a powerful testament to her academic achievement and leadership skills, further strengthening the College’s commitment to fostering the development of future leaders.”

The Hites Transfer Scholarship is made possible through support from the Hites Family Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. It is the largest scholarship awarded by Phi Theta Kappa to its members.

The Hites Family Foundation was established by Robert Hites, an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Missouri.  Upon his retirement, he became an instructor at St. Louis Community College. His brother, Ray Hites, served as President of the Hites Family Foundation and as a Trustee for the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation until his death in 2015. Ray’s wife, Jackie, served as a Foundation Trustee until her death in 2019.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society boasts more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. For more information, visit ptk.org.

Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) stands as the foremost educational institution in the region, with two campuses, five education centers, and a range of online and dual enrollment options. Guided by a vision to transform lives through exemplary, relevant programs and educational experiences, NWFSC meets the workforce demands of our ever-changing economy.

For more information about Northwest Florida State College, visit www.nwfsc.edu or contact the Office of Strategic Communications at stratcomm@nwfsc.edu.

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