NIC's Elli Goldman Hilbert named a New Century Scholar

Elli Goldman HilbertElli Goldman Hilbert, a student at North Idaho College from Hayden, has been named a 2016 New Century Scholar, by achieving the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition.

Goldman Hilbert is currently majoring in English Literature with a 3.9 GPA. She is the mother of six children, ranging in age from 11 to 26 years old. She and her husband James own a small local business, Principle Painting, and she serves as the secretary of NIC’s Delta Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Goldman Hilbert was selected in 2015 with a Distinguished Writers Award from the English Club at NIC, and she hopes to become a professional writer and educator in the future.

“North Idaho College is so honored that Elli was selected for this prestigious award,” said Kelly Nolan, adviser of NIC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. “Elli took on a leadership role with our NIC chapter and has set a high standard for hard work, dependability and participation. She is a great role model, especially for non-traditional students. We are very proud of her accomplishments.”

The New Century Scholars Program, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges, and the All-USA Community College Academic Team Program share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. The All-USA Program is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa. More than 1,900 students were nominated from more than 1,000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, with an additional student chosen from among one of the seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. Each scholar received a $2,000 scholarship and certificate, and will be recognized in Chicago, IL on April 12 during the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.

Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016

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