FRC student selected for prestigious award

Angelina Wilson

Feather River College announced that Angelina Wilson has been selected as a 2021 Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar, one of only 15 community college students nationwide and the only student from California chosen for this prestigious national award.

Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. Fifteen Guistwhite recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 4,400 applicants this year.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for community college students with local leadership from Anna Thompson, Professor of Biology at Feather River College.  In addition to academic excellence, Phi Theta Kappa members perform community service projects and engage in leadership development activities locally and nationally.

As a Guistwhite Scholar, Angelina is awarded a medallion and a $5,000 scholarship for her baccalaureate studies.

“Angelina is an incredibly gifted student,” commented FRC Superintendent/President Dr. Kevin Trutna.  “Her contributions go beyond the classroom as shown by her service to the community and giving of her time and talents to others.”

As voted in by the FRC student body, Angelina currently serves as the Student Trustee on the FRC Board of Trustees. Beginning with a student internship at Feather Publishing, Angelina now serves as a reporter as she hones her skills with an intention of transferring to a four-year university to earn an English degree.

“Reporter Roni Java has been a mentor to Angelina and under her tutelage, Angelina contributed to our newspapers and our website,” said Editor Debra Moore. “Angelina has been a pleasure to work with and could have a future in journalism should she decide to choose that career option. This award is well deserved.”

The Guistwhite Scholar is the second-highest scholarship offered by Phi Theta Kappa. It is named in honor of the late Margaret and Dr. Jack Guistwhite, who established the first transfer scholarship designated exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members to Florida Atlantic University in 1975.

“What Dr. Guistwhite started 45 years ago has become a transformational force in the lives of PTK members and has resulted in more than 800 colleges and universities designating transfer scholarship for our students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.  “It is fitting that we continue to honor our students who excel in scholarship and leadership as Guistwhite Scholars in celebration of Jack and Margaret.”

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.