Marion Ivy Tech Student Named National New Century Scholar
Jason Stover, Marion Ivy Tech Community College student, is one of 50 community college students from the United States, Canada, and the Federated States of Micronesia to be named a 2013 New Century Scholars. 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.
New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, plus one student from Canada and one additional student chosen from among one of the remaining seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. Each scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and plaque and be presented at the American Association of College Presidents (AACC) Convention in San Francisco.
Stover graduated summa cum laude with an associate of arts degree in Liberal Arts with a Communications concentration in May 2012. He is completed a second AA degree at Ivy Tech in December, again with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He will transfer to Ball State University to continue his education in General Studies with hopes of eventually earning a master’s degree in Public Relations and Communications and becoming an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech.
While at Ivy Tech, Stover worked as a note taker, taking class notes for disabled students, and tutored students in writing and sociology. He also was vice president of Alpha Upsilon Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, honor society for two-year colleges, served on the Ivy Tech Regional Diversity Committee and was a member of the regional Student Government Association.
Stover’s community involvement includes serving as Sunday School president, assistant clerk and public affairs specialist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Troop Committee member of the Boys Scouts of America of which he is an Eagle Scout, and Toastmasters International.
The New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa, share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. More than 1,800 students were nominated from more than 800 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, 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 outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible – especially during these challenging economic times.