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For immediate release — April 11, 2016
(DALLAS) — The best, brightest and most accomplished students from the Dallas County Community College District were honored as members of the 2016 All-Texas Academic Team during an awards ceremony in Austin in late March. The All-Texas Academic Team represents the top community college scholars in the state.
The students were chosen for their excellence in academics, community involvement and leadership and the quality of the essays they submitted.
In addition to receiving medallions and certificates that commemorate their achievements, the students will be nominated for the All-USA Community College Academic Team.
“This is a great opportunity for DCCCD students because many of them will receive full scholarships to some of our transfer universities in the University of Texas System,” said Dr. Tommy Thompson, lead advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at DCCCD. “We’re very proud of these students. They’ve been excellent students on campus, and they’re the best of the best.”
Thompson added that the students were selected by their individual colleges and by PTK, the international honor society for community colleges. They will have the opportunity to transfer to universities in the UT system and other four-year institutions. “This is only the start for many students because they can apply for other scholarships,” Thompson stated. “Our students are already winners.”
The 17 students represent a diverse cross-section of the Dallas community, and many of them come from countries that have been ravaged by war, political repression and discrimination.
The All-Texas Academic Team awards are sponsored by the University of Texas System, the Texas Association of Community Colleges, Baylor University, Austin College, Midwestern State University, the University of the Incarnate Word and the University of North Texas.
For more information about DCCCD’s All-Texas Academic Team, please call Dr. Tommy Thompson at 214-860-8272 or email him at
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