Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) student Dwayne Hinton has been named a 2017 New Century Scholar, by achieving the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Hinton is majoring in social science and biology with a 3.85 grade point average. This is the third consecutive year a BRCC student has claimed the honor. BRCC also holds the 2009 and 2010 titles.
“Baton Rouge Community College is proud to see its students consecutively yield such an honor,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib. “We are thrilled to have had a part in shaping the educational paths of some of these celebrated scholars. Congratulations to Mr. Hinton, who is a true example of what this college represents.”
The New Century Scholars program, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), shares a common application with the All-USA Community College Academic Team program, which recognizes outstanding community college students. More than 1800 students were nominated from more than 1000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible.”
New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state. Each scholar will receive a $2000 scholarship and will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast in New Orleans, on April 24 during the AACC Convention.
Hinton said he was pleasantly surprised to be named New Century Scholar.
“I am humbled and honored by this unexpected accolade,” Hinton said. “I read through the biographies of many other entrants, and I am still surprised I was the one chosen.”
Hinton is set to begin study at Louisiana State University this summer in its interdisciplinary program for sociology, psychology and biology. When not immersed in his studies, he spends time with his two daughters, which even includes a stint as their Girl Scouts troop leader.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.