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Community College Scholars to Receive Statewide Recognition

AUSTIN – Top scholars from Texas community colleges will be honored Tuesday, March 31 at an awards ceremony recognizing this year’s members of the All-Texas Academic Team.

Seventy-one honorees representing 44 community colleges will be recognized at the event, which is set for 2 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin-Town Lake, 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. A keynote address will be delivered by state Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin.

Honorees were nominated for inclusion on the team by their respective colleges and selected by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for students from two-year colleges. Nominees were evaluated on several criteria, including academic achievement, community service, leadership and expression. 

“It is a privilege to honor students who have demonstrated outstanding academic success, and it is fitting to mark their achievement with this recognition so that they may serve as shining examples for all Texans in higher education,” said Martha Ellis, associate vice chancellor for community college partnerships for The University of Texas System, a co-sponsor of the All-Texas Academic Team. “Community colleges provide a solid foundation for higher education and the economic future of Texas, and activities such as these bolster the partnerships between our two-year and four-year institutions across the state.”

All-Texas Academic Team honorees will receive a medallion and a certificate commemorating their achievement. Additionally, 17 of the honorees were selected to the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team program, whose members will receive cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

The All-Texas Academic Team awards are sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the UT System, Austin College, Baylor University, Midwestern State University, the University of the Incarnate Word and the University of North Texas. The All-Texas Academic Team program was established in 1991.

About The University of Texas System

The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 195,000 in the 2008 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

About the Texas Association of Community Colleges

The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) is a non-profit association that includes all 50 public community college districts in the state. The General Appropriations Bill and legislation affecting public community colleges in general have been and remain the principal concerns of TACC. 

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