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CCAC All-USA Academic Team member named Pennsylvania’s New Century Transfer Scholar

CCAC student Kerry KatzPITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County student Kerry Katz, of Penn Hills, has been named a 2021 New Century Transfer Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship. New Century Transfer Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Transfer Scholar is selected from each state. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). 

“We congratulate Ms. Katz for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the AACC to recognize her outstanding achievements,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for two-year college students to succeed and for putting college completion within reach.”

Katz was previously named to the prestigious All-USA Academic Team, for which she will receive a $5,000 scholarship. All-USA Academic Team members were selected from among 2,000 students nationwide for their outstanding intellectual achievement, leadership, and community and campus engagement. 

As the president of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Mu Theta Chapter, Katz has spearheaded several successful projects, including a pre-election Q&A with representatives from the Allegheny County Board of Elections. Students and faculty learned how voting procedures were being adapted for the general election in the era of COVID-19. She and her team of PTK officers led a fundraising campaign for the Allegheny Campus Cupboard food pantry, resulting in a total of $3,500 raised to help meet the increased student need due to the pandemic. Outside of school, Katz volunteers as a docent at the National Aviary and at Humane Animal Rescue in Pittsburgh.

“Kerry is one of the most sincere and hardworking students I have ever encountered,” stated CCAC Academic Advisor Don Breitbarth. “She has developed excellent interpersonal skills through her many hands-on and virtual experiences at CCAC. In addition to her demonstrated commitment to scholarship and campus activities, Kerry is a genuinely compassionate and empathetic person.”

Katz will graduate with a Mathematics and Sciences University Parallel associate degree in May and will transfer to a four-year university in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s in ecology, conservation biology or wildlife science. She plans to obtain a master’s, as well, and she is looking forward to beginning a career in conservation to contribute to habitat restoration and the protection of at-risk species.

The All-USA program is recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending associate degree-granting institutions. Each college may nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and civic growth. The program also recognizes students who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their surrounding communities. The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by Cengage, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa and AACC. Cengage, an education technology company, provides course materials to millions of college students each year. Learn more

About The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. Supporting more than 1,400 exceptional college students each year, it awards $3.55 million in scholarships annually through three nationally recognized programs. Learn more at coca-colascholarsfoundation.org.

About Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 
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 is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at ptk.org.