David Seale, of Denville, an international studies and mathematics major at County College of Morris (CCM), recently was named a 2011 Guistwhite Scholar by the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa.
Seale was one of 20 students selected from more than 1,340 applicants for this honor. As a Guistwhite Scholar, Seale will receive a $5,000 scholarship to pursue his bachelor’s degree following his graduation from CCM this May. In addition, the honor society has presented him with a Phi Theta Kappa medallion in recognition of his outstanding achievements. Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs and service to their colleges and communities.
“David consistently has demonstrated the strength of his academic and leadership abilities as a CCM student and it is a great honor for the entire college community to have his efforts recognized by such a prestigious honor society,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president.
At CCM, Seale has served as international vice-president for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society; president of Phi Theta Kappa, Middle States Region; and president of the CCM Student Government Association. He also founded the New Jersey Student Leader Union, a group dedicated to increasing communications among New Jersey’s student leaders about contemporary issues facing community colleges.
“I’m thrilled to have been named a Guistwhite Scholar,” said Seale. “Phi Theta Kappa has been an incredibly valuable supplement to my academic experience at CCM. The scholarship will also be of great assistance as I continue my education.”
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,270 chapters on college campuses in all 50 states, Canada, Germany, 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. Its mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Since its opening in 1968, CCM has provided Morris County, New Jersey and the surrounding region with an outstanding, affordable education. Today, CCM offers more than 65 associate degree programs, along with more than 30 certificate programs and 300 non-credit courses, for those seeking to improve and enrich their lives.