Carroll Community College student Leigh Swistock has been named the 2016 New Century Scholar, by achieving the state's highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition which recognizes outstanding community college students. This is the first time a Carroll Community College student has won this prestigious award. Only one student per state is given this award every year.
Swistock is the president of the Campus Activities Board; vice president of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, Honor Society; a Hill Scholar Honors student; a tour guide, a Student Ambassador; a member of Psi Beta; Member of Advanced Leadership Challenge; student employee at the Career Development Center; recipient of the SGO Leadership Scholarship and has been on the Dean's List in 2014 and 2015.
After graduating from Carroll Community College with an associate's degree, Swistock will transfer to the University of Central Florida to complete her bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management while interning at Disney or Universal Parks. Her long-term goals include earning a master's degree and pursuing a career in Hotel/ Resort Management.
The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the higher education honor society Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges. More than 1,900 students were nominated from more than 1,000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Each scholar receives a $2,000 scholarship and certificate, and will be recognized in Chicago, Illinois on April 12 during the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.
In addition to the New Century Scholar award, Swistock has been selected to receive the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar award. Over 1,800 applications were received for the Guistwhite Scholarship Competition and Swistock is one of only fifteen students to be selected for this honor nationwide. Honorees are awarded a $5,000 scholarship to facilitate completion of a baccalaureate degree. Swistock will be recognized at the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in National Harbor, Md from April 7-9.
"Outside of the outstanding faculty and staff at Carroll, I believe that its clubs and organizations set themselves apart and create a much better experience for students," said Swistock.
"All of us at Carroll Community College could not be more proud of Leigh. She is an exceptional young woman who exhibits intelligence, competence, humility and poise. She selflessly gives of her time to fellow students, to our campus and to our community at large. She gives us cause for celebrating the best attributes of her generation as they emerge from higher education to take on future global challenges," said College President Dr. James D. Ball.