SCC Student Janel Orton Awarded Phi Theta Kappa’s Guistwhite Scholarship


West Burlington, IA- SCC student and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) member, Janel Orton, was awarded PTK’s Guistwhite Scholarship for 2015. Orton was selected for the $5,000 scholarship from a pool of over 1,700 applicants from community colleges across the nation.

Orton was chosen for the scholarship based on her academic achievements, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in PTK programs.

“Thanks to my PTK advisor, Carlene Woodside, encouraging me to apply for the scholarship, I’ve been fortunate to receive recognition and scholarships that I otherwise would’ve never applied for.”

Orton, along with 14 other Guistwhite scholars, will be honored at PTK’s Annual Convention in San Antonia, Texas, April 16-18.

Each year, $75,000 in scholarship funds are awarded, with each Guistwhite Scholar receiving a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies and a commemorative medallion. 

The Guistwhite Scholar Program was created in memory of Dr. Jack Guistwhite and his widow, Margaret Guistwhite. Dr. Guistwhite established the first designated transfer scholarship for PTK members at Florida Atlantic University in 1975. PTK established the Guistwhite Scholarships in 1992.

Orton says the scholarship will help fund her education at the University of Iowa.

“I transferred to the University of Iowa in January where I’m majoring in Accounting at the Tippie College of Business. The scholarship money will help with my tuition.”

SCC PTK Advisor, Carlene Woodside, says Orton is a great example of Phi Theta Kappa’s core values and purpose.

“Janel has been a very active leader in PTK and her efforts and positive attitude have made her a wonderful role model for other SCC students both in and outside of PTK.”

Orton noted that being involved in PTK encouraged her to take a more active role at SCC and in the community.

“Thanks to PTK, I had the opportunity to participate in community and college activities such as volunteering for the bone marrow registry drive and providing meals for the C.H.A.D. program. PTK really enriched my experience at SCC and gave me the opportunity to engage with my classmates and instructors and give back to my community.”

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