More than 2,000 community college students were nominated for
the scholarship award, with one honoree named per state. Judges
grades, leadership, activities and how students extend their
intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
New Century Transfer Scholars receive a $2,250 scholarship and
commemorative medallion. Bakushi and other team members will be
recognized during a virtual ceremony.
Bakushi, of Lakewood, expects to graduate from Tri-C this summer
with an Associate of Science degree. The international student
from Albania has maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking a course load
focused on technology, engineering and math.
He holds a leadership role in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
chapter at the College’s Western Campus. Bakushi also served as
a Tri-C student ambassador and assisted fellow students as a
math and information technology tutor.
Bakushi plans to transfer to a four-year school this fall to
study computer science and pursue a career as a software
engineer and entrepreneur.
Earlier in March, Bakushi was among 20 community college
students named to the All-USA Academic Team. His
selection as a New Century Transfer Scholar was based on his
score from that application.
The New Century Transfer Scholar program is sponsored by The
Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi
Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.