Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas announces the selection of the student who represents the mark of excellence throughout its three-campus district. Taylor Rodriguez, of Stuttgart, has been named PCCUA's new Academic All-Star.
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas announces the selection of the student who represents the mark of excellence throughout its three-campus district. Taylor Rodriguez, of Stuttgart, has been named PCCUA's new Academic All-Star. This scholarship program is designed to honor excellence in academics and leadership. Rodriguez will be honored by the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges) this fall along with other All-Star students chosen to represent each two-year college within the AATYC. Each recipient will receive a $500 scholarship toward completion of an associate degree and upon graduation will be eligible for a transfer scholarship to any public four-year institution in Arkansas. Currently pursuing a degree in chemistry (pre-med), Rodriguez is very committed to her studies in preparation for her long-range goal of applying to medical school. “Since I am majoring in pre-med,” she said, “I really need to take challenging classes to better prepare myself for the MCAT.” Rodriguez is an exceptional student balancing a work schedule, volunteering, and tutoring, while performing at a high academic level. Her instructors describe her as a top student and leader, who is both mature and highly motivated. PCCUA instructor Phyllis Orlicek noted, “I truly believe that Taylor is an all-star in so many areas. And coming from a background of teaching professionals, Taylor appreciates the value of an education.” She added that Rodriguez is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society and has been involved in numerous PTK projects and fund-raisers. PCCUA instructor Thomas Moss described Rodriguez as a top student, who is very giving of her time. “Taylor shows initiative, which is an important aspect of leadership,” he stated. “Her work for me has been excellent. Taylor also works full-time while taking classes, and she has tutored other students in trigonometry and algebra.” To be eligible for Academic All-Star nomination, students must be currently enrolled in an Arkansas two-year college. Applicants must have completed at least 24 credit hours in pursuit of an associate degree. Each must also currently post a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.25 out of a possible 4.0 in all credit coursework taken at that college. As part of the application process, students are also required to have letters of recommendation and write an essay.