WARWICK —AliciaVallette of West Warwick, a student at Community College of Rhode Island, hasbeen named a 2019 Phi Theta Kappa New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar.
The honor also includes a $2,250 scholarship.
Vallette, 21, began taking classes in summer 2017. “I’vebeen so impressed by the caliber of the academic programs and of the peoplehere at CCRI. It’s been such an awesome opportunity for me,” she said.
Vallette has a 3.9 GPA and is majoring in science, focusingin geology and oceanography, and plans to earn her bachelor’s, master’s anddoctoral degrees, perhaps in atmospheric science.
“I’ve always loved meteorology and weather and how itaffects local life,” she said. Her grandfather had a house on the water and shebegan noticing how the tides affected their fishing trips, when she was7-years-old.
Vallette will be recognized at the honor society’sPresidents Breakfast during the American Association of Community College’sAnnual Convention Monday, April 15, inOrlando, Florida. She was recognized last week at PTK Catalyst 2019, theorganization’s annual international convention, where she carried the RhodeIsland flag during the opening session.
She won the honor by virtue of her score in the All-USAAcademic Team competition, competingagainst more than 2,000 applications. Nominations were evaluated on academicachievement, leadership, service and significant endeavors. Vallette, who hasbeen president of the college’s chapter of the PTK honor society sinceDecember, received the highest score in Rhode Island.
“Alicia’s work to increase engagement and participation andto raise the visibility of the chapter is impressive. She has planned PTK AwarenessDay and Founders Day events, participated in our recent GradFest for the Classof 2019 and conducted a drive for our newly opened CCRI Food Pantry,” said CCRIPresident Meghan Hughes. “We are proud of her hard work both in and out of theclassroom. She is so deserving of this scholarship and recognition, and wethank her for her service to our college and her fellow students.”