Northeast State’s Brittany Thomas is one of 20 outstanding students named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. She was chosen from more than 1,700 applicants representing 800 community colleges across the nation. She is the first Northeast State student to receive the honor.
The American Association of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, USA Today, and the Follett Higher Education Group collaborate on the annual honor, focusing on students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and community and college involvement.
Thomas received a $2,500 award and a medallion at a ceremony today in Orlando, Fla. USA Today featured the team in its April 23 edition.
In addition, to the All-USA Academic Team honor Thomas was named the New Century Scholar from Tennessee for receiving the state’s highest All-USA Academic Team application score. For this honor, she will receive an additional $2,000 stipend from the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and Coca Cola Refreshments.
“I never imagined I would be on this level with other people in the country,” Thomas said. “I feel proud of myself for accomplishing more than I ever thought I could. Getting national recognition makes me feel like I can do everything I want to and be the best possible person I can be.”
Thomas, a graduate of Hampton High School, is a nursing major and plans to transfer to either East Tennessee State University or Lipscomb University. From there, she plans to sign on for a U.S. Air Force tour and pursue a master’s degree. She eventually hopes to become a nurse practitioner.
“I really love helping people. I know that sounds like a cliché, but I really look forward to those types of situations,” Thomas said.
Thomas is president of Northeast State’s Alpha Iota Chi of Phi Theta Kappa chapter, coordinator of Foundation programs for the Scholar’s Foundation, and a Volunteer State Northeast member. She also served on the Foundation’s Because of You Campaign and Scholarship committees.
Thomas said her Phi Theta Kappa experiences have served her well academically and helped her learn more about leadership and service.
“Phi Theta Kappa has built me up and made me a better person,” Thomas said. “It’s prepared me to take the next step in college and given me so many opportunities and experiences.”
Phi Theta Kappa recognizes academic excellence in the two-year college with more than 2.5 million students inducted since the society’s founding in 1918. The society is comprised of more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical, and junior colleges in all 50 states and several foreign countries.