Last May, North Idaho College student Heather Lewis walked into her physics class just like any other day. But before her instructor even had time to begin the day’s lesson, an entourage of people burst into the classroom.
First, North Idaho College Interim President Priscilla Bell… NIC Vice President for Student Services Eric Murray… followed by various other administrators and members of the college faculty and staff. But it wasn’t until she saw her father and sister enter the room that she knew this must have something to do with her, but she still didn’t know what the group had gathered to tell her.
It turns out the news was worth all of the commotion.
Bell announced to Lewis that she was selected as one of the recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships, which were designed to help high-achieving community college students with financial need transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
Lewis, of Pinehurst, was one of 51 students from across the country selected as a recipient of the award and the only recipient from Idaho.
“This award speaks highly of Heather’s academic ability and the quality of education available at NIC,” said NIC Vice President for Student Services Eric Murray. “Through her efforts, she has attained one of the highest monetary honors a student can receive. The dedication of her faculty and her hard work have given her the opportunity to gain the finest possible education.”
Lewis was nominated in January by an on-campus scholarship committee made up of NIC administrators and instructors.
Lewis will receive $30,000 over three years at a transfer institution of her choice. She is still undecided on where she would like to transfer after completing her associate’s degree from NIC in May.
North Idaho College Interim President Priscilla Bell presents the $30,000 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship to NIC student Heather Lewis.