MCCC Student Susana Sanchez
Wins Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholarship

3-24-09

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- For Susana Sanchez of Trenton, the road to success is simple. You have two choices, she says. "Be pessimistic or do your best and expect the best. I expect the best, so I decided to go and do my best." Excelling at Mercer County Community College, she was recently selected as a Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar, one of 20 students chosen from a national pool of 400 applicants. The scholarship includes $5,000 toward baccalaureate studies.

Sanchez will be recognized during the Phi Theta Kappa convention in Dallas, Texas, April 16-18. The merit-based Phi Theta Kappa Scholar Program serves to recognize members' academic and leadership achievements. Students must achieve a GPA of at lease 3.5, demonstrate intellectual rigor and academic growth, and use their community college education to better themselves, their schools and communities.

A liberal arts major and an Honors Program student, Sanchez is currently editor-in-chief of MCCC's student newspaper, the College Voice, and served as its managing editor last semester.

Off-campus she mentors Latino students through the Latino Reform Youth Council (LRYC), a grassroots non-profit organization based in Princeton. Sanchez is also a recipient of two MCCC scholarships -- the Professor Emeritus and Karen Proccacini scholarships, both based on high academic achievement and financial need.

After graduating from Mercer this May, Sanchez plans to transfer to a four-year university to study public policy or perhaps law.

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