Hard work in the classroom has truly paid off for South Mountain Community College (SMCC) sophomore Emily Alcazar, who is a recipient of the 2015 All-Arizona Academic Team scholarship.
The All-Arizona Academic Team scholarship is in conjunction with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. It provides two-year college students throughout Arizona who demonstrate exceptional academic achievements and profound leadership, a way to further their higher education at the university level.
Students who apply for the scholarship must have at least a 3.5 GPA and plan to transfer to a four-year university in Arizona.
Alcazar is one of two students of all SMCC to be nominated by Dr. Shari Olson, college president of SMCC, for the award.
Olson said, “The All-Arizona Academic Team competition provides pathways for our academically talented students to transfer to Arizona universities. Emily and Kristi-Lee exemplify the type of dedication and commitment to academics and community leadership. South Mountain Community College is proud to support these students in achieving their best and continuing their education.”
Being on the All-Arizona Academic Team, Alcazar will receive a four-semester wavier to any university in Arizona of her choice, and a scholarship from SMCC for $1,000.
Alcazar, a Gilbert resident, plans to attend Arizona State University to study industrial engineering.
“I was thrilled when I found out that I got first placement for the All-Arizona Academic Team,” Alcazar said. “I am so glad that all of my effort and hard work has paid off. I am also very grateful to be a member of the All-Arizona Academic Team because it will give me many amazing opportunities.”
During her two years at SMCC, Alcazar has been an avid member of Phi Theta Kappa, in which she is currently the vice president of membership.
She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and received the Honors College Honors Achievement Award, according to an SMCC media release.
Alcazar is currently finishing up her last semester at SMCC, which she has a course load of 15 credit hours, and plans to transfer to ASU for the fall 2015 semester.