MONTPELIER, Vt. — Community College of Vermont (CCV) student Bryant Garrow has been selected as a 2017 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) New Century Scholar for achieving Vermont’s highest score in a nationwide Community College Academic Team competition. Garrow will be honored at PTK’s President’s Breakfast in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 24, and will be awarded the $2,000 scholarship in the fall of 2017.
Garrow, who completed classes at CCV’s Rutland campus in 2016, now studies at Castleton University, where he is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies. “The education I received at CCV has made my transition to Castleton University seem natural, and I am adapting to my new degree program seamlessly,” said Garrow.
Through a transfer agreement with Castleton, CCV graduates are guaranteed admission to the University. In addition, students who transfer to Castleton receive the Transfer Success Scholarship, a $4200 annual award offered to full-time students who maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or above.
“I feel honored and grateful for the opportunity to represent CCV at the President’s Breakfast in New Orleans,” said Garrow. “I owe a special thanks to all my instructors and advisors who have helped me get to this point; their dedication to the students at CCV goes beyond the classroom, into the life and well-being of the person. I hope I can make the most of the award in pursuing my future goals.”
CCV Dean of Students Heather Weinstein expressed congratulations on behalf of the College. “We are proud of Bryant’s achievement, and excited that he will represent CCV in New Orleans,” Weinstein said. She also acknowledged Garrow’s decision to continue his education at Castleton. “Bryant has a demonstrated commitment to his academic success, and we are pleased that he has chosen to take advantage of the special transfer agreement with Castleton. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”
PTK is the national honor society for community college students. CCV’s PTK chapter was established in 2016, with 124 students enrolling in its first induction ceremony.