Kishwaukee College student Gladys Sanchez is one of 10 students from across the country to be awarded the inaugural Oberndorn Lifeline to Completion Scholarship by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Sanchez, of DeKalb, is the current president of the Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Kishwaukee College and was the student trustee to the college’s Board of Trustees for the 2012-13 academic year. Her long-range goal is to become a special education teacher and open an art gallery for people with special needs to express themselves through art and to enjoy art created by others.
Sanchez was selected from nearly 100 applicants from across the country to receive the newly created scholarship. Phi Theta Kappa’s new Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the college credential, an associate degree or certificate, while enrolled in the two-year college. Up to 10 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships will be awarded four times per year, beginning this spring.
In 2011, Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise $125,000 in order to receive a one-to-one challenge grant. When it was announced that the challenge was met at the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention, the Oberndorfs challenged the foundation to raise another $125,000 that they will match one-to-one, resulting in a total $500,000 endowment for the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.
For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, visit www.ptk.org.