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STLCC Transfer Student Awarded Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

September 09, 2015

Ayesha Ather is the first international student to receive the award

International relations student Ayesha Ather was awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship, the largest scholarship award offered to transfer students at Webster University. She was officially recognized by the president of Webster University and the Chancellor of St. Louis Community College this week.

Chancellor and Ather  
Chancellor Pittman and President Stroble congratulate award winner Ather

Ather said she was able to transfer from St. Louis Community College to Webster University easily because of partnerships between the two institutions that make it easier for students to transfer from a two-year to a four-year program.

"It's important that we continue to find pathways for students to reach their educational goals," said Jeff Pittman, chancellor of St. Louis Community College. "Many students start at STLCC and transfer to another institution, so it's critical to provide the opportunities that help them reach their ultimate objectives. The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is a great example of this and we congratulate and wish Ayesha the very best as she continues her education at Webster."

"When Webster and St. Louis Community College partner, it works for students," said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. "With our shared commitment to students' success, our institutions enabled Ayesha to move into the Webster program and apply for this wonderful award without having to sacrifice the opportunity to earn her associate's degree."

Ayesha, a Canadian citizen, is the first international student to receive the award. She transferred to Webster University from St. Louis Community College at Meramec this semester. She said she was attracted to Webster University because of its strong international programs. She is studying international relations and plans on studying abroad at one of Webster University's global locations.
"I know so many students who think options are shut down for them, and they don't know that transferring other credits from a community college can easily be done," Ather said. "I've heard so many stories, especially from international students, that they don't have these opportunities, and being able to transfer and also earn this scholarship gives us so much hope towards our dreams. Students should be aware of all the opportunities available for them and with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible"

To be eligible for the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship, a student must have completed an associate's degree, have a lifetime cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, and be a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Students must apply for the scholarship and submit an essay and a recommendation from a chapter or regional Phi Theta Kappa advisor. The award covers the full cost of tuition and is renewable for four consecutive semesters as long as the student is taking 13 to 18 credits per semester, is enrolled in an undergraduate degree, and maintains a 3.5 grade point average.

"Webster has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with St. Louis Community College through articulated academic programs for transfer students, and in serving outstanding students like Ayesha, who choose to build upon their higher education experiences started at STLCC at Webster," said Christina Gilbert, the associate director of transfer admissions at Webster University. "The partnership between Webster and St. Louis Community College continues to expand; the newest program between the two institutions is a dual admission partnership in nursing between the associated degree in nursing program at STLCC and the bachelors of science in nursing at Webster."

"Our partnership with St. Louis Community College is a telling example how by working together in a region, higher education institutions can impact graduation rates and successful outcomes for our students and our communities," said Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Webster.