SENATOBIA, MS (10/18/2017) Northwest Mississippi Community College students, Kendall Kimberlin of Olive Branch and Jamison Payne of Batesville have been chosen as Northwest's first Get2College Corps interns, according to Dawn Stevens, Northwest Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) sponsor.
PTK is an international scholastic and leadership honor society for students at two-year colleges.
As interns, they will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, disbursed in two payments during the 2017-18 school year. Interns are required to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per week with the Get2College staff to increase FAFSA completions.
Kimberlin is a sophomore studying elementary education, and is currently serving as vice president of the Theta Sigma Chapter of PTK, as a student recruiter and is a member of the Northwest Education Association.
Payne is a sophomore studying accounting. She is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society and is president of the Theta Sigma Chapter of PTK.
"I am extremely excited that two of the five applicants from the Theta Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa were selected. This is the first time that Phi Theta Kappa has offered this opportunity and I'm very proud of our interns," Stevens said.
According to their website, Phi Theta Kappa is proud to partner with Woodward Hines Education Foundation Get2College to assist high school students and their families with navigating the complex financial aid process by supporting their FAFSA completion efforts. Financial aid is one of the barriers for college access and completion for underserved students. Completion of the FAFSA has strong correlation to college access. In addition, completion of the FAFSA by priority deadlines links low income students to financial resources. The goal of the Get2College Corps completion program is to increase FAFSA completion statewide and to increase FAFSA completion by the March 31st priority deadline for the MS HELP grant, Mississippi's only need-based financial aid.
For more information on Northwest's PTK chapters, visit the website at www.northwestms.edu.
Pictured: Northwest Mississippi Community College students Jamison Payne of Batesville (left) and Kendall Kimberlin of Olive Branch (right) have been chosen as Get2College Corps interns for the 2017-2018 school year. They will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and will be required to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per week with the Get2College staff to increase FAFSA completions. The program is the result of a partnership between Phi Theta Kappa and Woodward Hines Education Foundation. Get2College helps assist high school students and their families with navigating the complex financial aid process by supporting their FAFSA completion efforts. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)