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Pima Community College student one of 20 nationwide to earn All-USA Academic Team honors

Tucson, AZ— Pima Community College Angela White is one of 20 college students nationwide named to the prestigious All-USA Academic Team and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. More than 2,000 students were nominated for this award. She also received a 1st Team national ranking

Also, three Pima students were named as 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholars. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. The Gold Scholars receive $1,500 scholarships; the Silver Scholars will receive $1,250. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

  • Briana Pomales, Gold Scholar and national 1st Team ranking, East Campus
  • Josephine Gilley, Gold Scholar and national 1st Team ranking, Northwest Campus
  • Gabriella Parra, Silver Scholar and national 1st Team ranking, District Office

White will be recognized during the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) virtual convention in May. In addition to the scholarship funds, she will be presented with a commemorative medallion, and her college president will receive a commemorative obelisk.

Award Selection Process

Team members were selected for their outstanding intellectual achievement, leadership, and community and campus engagement. The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by Cengage, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa and AACC. Team members were selected for their outstanding intellectual achievement, leadership, and community and campus engagement. Cengage, an education technology company, provides course materials to millions of college students each year. Its industry-leading subscription for textbooks and course materials, Cengage Unlimited, has helped community college students save nearly $90 million on course materials since August 2018.

“Community college students have been most-impacted by the pandemic as many had to forgo or delay their education because of financial or other challenges,” said Fernando Bleichmar, Executive Vice President and General Manager for U.S. Higher Education at Cengage. “Community colleges have a critical role in reskilling the millions of unemployed Americans and opening up opportunity for those who have the most to gain from post-secondary education. We’re honored to help these incredible community college students further their education by supporting the All-USA Scholarship.”

About the All-USA Program

The All-USA program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending associate degree-granting institutions. Each college may nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and demonstrating academic achievement, leadership, and civic growth. The program also recognizes students who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools, and their surrounding communities.

Learn more about the All-USA Academic Team Scholarship Program.

White, a Northwest Campus nominee, Pomales, Gilley and Parra were among the 12 Pima students also selected to the All-Arizona team. The others were:

  •  Desert Vista Campus: Kevin Romero (1st Team national ranking)
  •  Desert Vista Campus: Monique Trujillo (1st Team national ranking)
  • District Office: Luis Ku (1st Team national ranking)
  • Downtown Campus:  Quinn Chrisemer (1st Team national ranking)
  • Downtown Campus: Marisol Peralta (2nd Team national ranking)
  • East Campus: Ariana Bootier (2nd Team national ranking)
  • West Campus: Raphael Lepercq (2nd Team national ranking)
  • West Campus: Ana Soto Velazquez (2nd Team national ranking)
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