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Northeast’s Halsey named PTK New Century Workforce Scholar

Northeast’s Halsey named PTK New Century Workforce Scholar

JACKSON, Miss. – A Northeast Community College student has been named a 2023 New Century Workforce Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges. Tory Halsey will receive a $1,250 scholarship and will be recognized at a national conference later this year.

The scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions on a national scale as they plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and PTK.

“We congratulate Tory for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize these outstanding achievements,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for students to succeed as they prepare to enter the workforce and for putting college completion within reach.”

Halsey, Chambers, will graduate from Northeast this May with an Associate of Applied Science degree in auto body repair technology. He plans to work at Town and Country Auto Body in O'Neill after graduation. 

New Century Workforce Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,400 students were nominated from more than 1,300 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Scholar was selected from each state.

All New Century Workforce Scholars will be recognized at the Association of Community College Trustees’ annual Leadership Conference this fall.

Halsey is the fourth Northeast student to be named a New Century Scholar in recent years. Kaitlyn Pongratz, of O’Neill, who graduated in 2022 with a physical therapist assistant degree, was awarded the honor in 2022. Tait Ziems of Plainview, who graduated with an associate of applied science degree in automotive technology from Northeast, earned the recognition in 2020. Preston Dickau, Atkinson, who graduated from Northeast 2019 with a degree in auto body repair technology, also earned the New Century Scholar honor that same year as part of the first class that was awarded the scholarship.

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 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Since the installation of Northeast’s Tau Chi chapter in 1996, over 3,400 students have been inducted into the international academic honor society for two-year colleges. 

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.