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February 27, 2014

Michael C. Rogers
Vice President of University Advancement
University of the District of Columbia

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UDC Student Named as “New Century Scholar”

Washington, DC – University of the District of Columbia student, Izuchukwu Abel has been selected by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a New Century Scholar. The 27-year old Nigeria native was chosen as Washington D.C.’s top scoring student in the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team program and is one of only 52 students recognized across the United States and Canada.

Abel’s selection was based on the score he earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,700 applications were received this year. Nominations were evaluated on academic achievement, leadership, and a 500-word essay on the student’s outstanding intellectual community college endeavor, which was used to benefit the college or community. For his achievement, Abel will receive a $2,000 scholarship funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges. Members of the group must demonstrate service to others and maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher. Abel’s academic average is 3.9.

“I’m both excited and honored to be receiving an award of this magnitude,” Abel says. “I’ve always been an eager learner and this recognition only increases my passion. My experience at UDC has taught me to be more of a critical thinker.”

Abel will complete UDC’s nursing program this spring and plans to use the Coca-Cola Foundation stipend to continue undergraduate studies at Bowie State University in the fall.

“Abel is an excellent choice for this award,” says, Robyn Attebury, Phi Theta Kappa advisor for the Beta Sigma Upsilon Chapter at UDC. “He’s a dedicated and talented student with the drive to achieve his goals and the passion to serve the community.”

Abel will join other All-USA scholars for a recognition ceremony during the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 8 and will participate in the Parade of Scholars at the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida on April 25.

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