Janice Robinson, a student at Lakeland Community College, is one of 15 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society members selected nationwide as a 2022 Guistwhite Scholar and will receive a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies.
Winners were chosen from among 2,700 applicants and their selection was based on academic excellence, leadership accomplishments and engagement in PTK programs. They will also receive a commemorative medallion.
The Guistwhite scholarship is the second-highest scholarship offered by PTK. It is named in honor of the late Margaret and Dr. Jack Guistwhite, who established the first transfer scholarship designated exclusively for PTK members to Florida Atlantic University in 1975.
In addition to the Guistwhite scholarship, Robinson has also been named an Oberndorf Scholar by PTK and has received a $1,000 scholarship. Robinson is one of nine students selected internationally to receive the award.
The Oberndorf scholarship is named for its benefactors, Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf. Lou co-founded METI, a world leader in medical education technology whose products are used in many community colleges as well as in the world’s leading medical schools. He is a member of the PTK Foundation board of trustees. Up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships are awarded annually, with scholars selected in both the fall and spring each year.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Janice,” added Dr. Matthew Hiner, faculty member and co-adviser of the Alpha Psi Rho Chapter of PTK at Lakeland. “She is the first Lakeland student to earn these prestigious scholarships. She did tremendous work for both the chapter and the college this year, and I know she will continue to excel as she pursues her bachelor’s degree.”
Robinson previously served as Lakeland’s PTK chapter vice president. A spring 2022 graduate of Lakeland, she plans on transferring to Lake Erie College to complete her baccalaureate studies, majoring in business.