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Florissant Valley students receive Follett Book Scholarship Awards

November 26, 2013

Follett Scholarship  
Left to right: Elizabeth Cash, Linda Henning, Marcia Pfeiffer,
Michelle Byrd, Presley Culp and Jeanne Florini.

Five Florissant Valley students recently received  Follett Book Scholarship Awards.

Yehuda Feigenbaum, Linda Henning, Michelle Byrd, Elizabeth Cash and Presley Culp each received $250.

The scholarship was a one-time benefit from Follett Books as a reward to the campus for Antonio Parker’s outstanding placement in the All-USA Academic Team competition and Coca-Cola Scholars team.

The students receiving the award are all Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members. Three of the recipients serve as officers for PTK.

Feigenbaum, PTK chapter president, serves as primary editor for PTK’s Honors In Action project. She also serves on the Student Appeals Committee and served on the Chancellor Search Committee. She organizes activities and leadership opportunities for PTK members and actively seeks ways to help students succeed.

Henning, PTK chapter officer, chairs the 2013 Campus Project. She initiates and completes honors projects within courses that include service learning, and helps members navigate PTK.

Byrd, PTK chapter officer, does extensive work in the campus community to help students become engaged with campus and academic life. She is a vital participant in PTK’s Honors In Action project. She developed orientation for new PTK members and serves as a mentor in the music program.

Jeanne Florini, PTK adviser at STLCC-Florissant Valley, said that the recipients demonstrate the essence of the meaning of education and what it means to belong to an honors society.

“They are taking the necessary steps to become high achieving students and life-long learners,” Florini said. “Aside from the ultimate goal of high grades, these students are recognized for their commitment and demonstration of what it means to be a life-long learner and encouraging others to do the same."

Cash will serve as editor for the upcoming Honors in Action project. She plans on getting her doctorate in history and has an interest in Middle Eastern culture. Cash serves as the Global Education Committee's student representative.

Culp is the chair of the Research Committee for PTK. She serves as president for the Global Classroom Club, and worked with the club on a major service project this past summer. She also participated in the dedication of the latest Peace Pole on the Florissant Valley campus.

“They were recognized because they truly believe that their work in education includes service to other students, the college and the community,” Florini said.