Keari Little of Whitesboro, a psychology major at Mohawk Valley Community College, was selected as a 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar for her academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs.
Little has an overall 4.0 GPA at MVCC, where she serves as the Chapter President for Phi Theta Kappa honor society and as a representative in Student Congress. As president of PTK, Little has moderated many events, including College Completion Day and PTK induction ceremonies, and led projects, such as the Martin Luther King Book Donation, PTK College Project, and Honors in Action. She also has attended professional events, including state, regional, and international conventions. Little has been named to the All-NYS Academic First Team and was recognized as a Gold Scholar for the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. She also received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Little plans to transfer to Utica College in the fall.
Little is one of 20 Guistwhite Scholars for 2014, selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,700 applicants to receive this scholarship, the second highest offered by Phi Theta Kappa. The Guistwhite Scholar Program is named in honor of the late Dr. Jack Guistwhite and his widow, Margaret. Dr. Guistwhite established the first designated transfer scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa members at Florida Atlantic University in 1975. The Guistwhite Scholarships were established by Phi Theta Kappa in 1992.