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Howard Community College Student Named Phi Theta Kappa New Century Scholar

April 11, 2014

Hannah Patarini recognized by PTK as Maryland’s highest scoring community college student

(Columbia, MD) - Howard Community College (HCC) student Hannah Patarini has been named Maryland’s 2014 New Century Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges, in recognition of her academic excellence, leadership, and extension of intellectual talent beyond the classroom. Patarini will be honored with a $2,000 scholarship at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention in Washington, D.C., April 5 – 8.

Patarini joins fifty-one fellow community college students from the United States, Canada, and American Samoa who have been recognized as 2014 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of more than $100,000 in scholarships. Over 1,700 students were nominated for the award from more than 900 community colleges. New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, plus one from Canada and one additional student chosen from among one of the remaining seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.

About HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.