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GEICO Gecko insures future

September 26, 2010

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Ian Calhoun received a scholarship from GEICO as one of the top two recipients. Photo by Skye Butler

This fall, sophomore business and public policy major Ian Calhoun of Young Harris received the GEICO Business Student Scholarship from Young Harris College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

According to the YHC website, Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs that also includes Associate’s degree-granting programs offered by four-year colleges. The purpose of the Lambda Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at YHC is to promote scholarship, development of leadership and service and the cultivation of fellowship among qualified students of the college.

The scholarship that Calhoun received is tied-in with Phi Theta Kappa’s Leaders of Promise Scholarship, which provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help with educational expenses while pursuing an associate degree, according to the Phi Theta Kappa website, “The top two scoring business majors are the GEICO Business Scholars,” Calhoun said.

The application for this scholarship includes general information  about the applicant, a short answer section and essay questions  students that apply must meet strict criteria.

“A student must be a member of Phi Theta Kappa in good standing and currently enrolled in an associate degree program, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on all college-level coursework. Students who have completed no more than 36 semester hours of coursework  are eligible to apply. Students with previous degrees are not eligible,” Calhoun said.

A panel of judges  reviews the applications to determine the recipients of the scholarship money.

For more information on the GEICO Business Scholarship and other scholarships available to Phi Theta Kappa members visit the Phi Theta Kappa website (https://www.ptk.org/schol/leadpromise/welcome.htm).

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