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Two Darton State College Students Receive Over $13,000 in Scholarships

March 29, 2014

ALBANY, GA – Darton State College announced today that two students, Michelle Truong, of Leesburg, and Brooks Anne Mitchell, of Albany, received two national awards each and scholarships totaling more than $13,000. Truong has been named the 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar, while Mitchell was named the 2014 New Century Scholar for Georgia. Additionally, both students were named the 2014 Guistwhite Scholars.

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Brooks Anne Mitchell

Mitchell, who was named the 2014 New Century Scholar for Georgia, is one of only 51 students from the United States, Canada and American Samoa to receive this honor and will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. More than 1,700 students were nominated from more than 900 community colleges for recognition. Truong is one of 50 students nationally to receive the Coca-Cola Silver Scholar honor, a $1,250 scholarship. Recipients for both awards were chosen based on their grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

In addition, both Mitchell and Truong were two of only 20 national Guistwhite Scholar recipients for 2014. Each Guistwhite Scholar will receive a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies and a commemorative medallion. Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The Guistwhite scholarship is the second highest scholarship offered by Phi Theta Kappa.

Photo of Michelle Truong
Michelle Truong

Michelle Truong, of Leesburg, is a double major in Pre-Engineering and Biomedical Technology. Currently, Truong is vice president of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, first vice president for MESA and graduate of the Honors Program. She plans to earn her doctorate in Bioengineering enabling her to work on stem cell research and genetically modified organisms; her interests extend to the study of artificial organs and prosthetics.

Truong credits Darton State College with preparing her for the “outside world.” She also said, Darton “professors have made me feel like I’m someone better than I really am. They encourage me by listening to my ambitions, offering invaluable advice, and by writing letters of recommendations. They demonstrate a sincere interest in my success as a student.”

Brooks Mitchell, of Albany, is a double major in Biological Science and Spanish. She is currently president of the Honors Club, vice president of fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa, vice president of MESA, and is involved in Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), Servant Leadership and the theatre program at Darton.

“I have had so many amazing teachers at Darton who have made such an impact on me. If I ever needed help they were there, always quick to explain a concept or write a recommendation letter. Attending Darton was such a great experience, and the wonderful teachers I had were a huge part of that.”

Mitchell plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Georgia in the fall. Her goal is to complete medical school and become a physician for underserved areas.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.


About Darton State College:

Since 1966, Darton State College has been a leader in providing quality educational opportunities and services to Southwest Georgia. Located on a 180-acre campus in Albany, Darton is one of the largest state colleges in Southwest Georgia. Darton offers a variety of programs, including a bachelor’s degree in nursing, 54 transfer program options, and 41 career program options and certificates. During fiscal year 2012, Darton had a total economic impact of more than $135 million. Darton State College, a public institution, is part of the University System of Georgia and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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