2015 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar Receives a $1,500 Scholarship

Jackson, Mississippi – Scott Wilhite, a student at Northeast Texas Community College-Mt. Pleasant Campus, has been selected by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to receive a $1,500 scholarship as the 2015 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar.

A father of three children, Wilhite enrolled in college after being laid off from his job. A political science major, he earned a 3.92 grade point average at Northeast Texas Community College and became a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Wilhite hopes to eventually earn a doctorate of jurisprudence and pursue a career as an advocate for young people in the criminal justice system.

Dr. Mary Hood served as Texas Regional Coordinator for 18 years and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors at the time of her death in 2011. The Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholarship was established in her memory, providing scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members in Texas who are still attending community college.

The Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholarship is presented to the Texas applicant with the highest score from Phi Theta Kappa’s Spring Scholarship Application. Recipients are chosen for multiple programs from more than 1,000 applicants worldwide to receive in excess of $230,000 in scholarships. Independent judges evaluate the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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