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Cottey Student Named to All-USA Academic Team

Cottey College second-year student Shannon Kreutzer, of Tucson, Arizona, was named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team, one of only 20 two-year college students from across the USA who displayed an outstanding combination of academic achievement and community service. Prior to this honor, she was named a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar and to the first-team of the All-Missouri Academic Team by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.


Sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, with support from the American Association of Community Colleges, each All-USA Community College Academic Team winner receives a $2,500 scholarship and a gold medallion. Kreutzer also received a $2,000 scholarship as a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar.

The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

The winners were selected from more than 1,700 students nominated by more than 800 community colleges. To be eligible, the student must have been nominated by his or her college.

Kreutzer, who has a 4.0 grade point average, is majoring in environmental science. She is involved on campus in SAVE (Students Against a Vanishing Environment) and the campus recycling program. She has also been involved in recycling food waste on campus into compost which is being used in an organic garden on campus.

“It was amazing to be surrounded by people just like me, trying to make a difference in the world and succeeding,” said Kreutzer. “It gives me great hope for future generations. I'm still astounded at the opportunity and I am so thankful to all of the people who made it possible, including the sponsor groups, my nominators, and those who helped me get through the application process. I can’t wait to use this to continue and further my education and make a grander difference in the world.”

Kreutzer, along with other All-USA Academic Team members, was featured in the April 8 edition of the USA Today. The awards were presented at the Presidents’ Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention on April 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women offering two-year and selected four-year degree programs. Cottey is located in Nevada, Missouri. Its residential student capacity of 350 typically represents 40 states and 20 countries. Cottey is owned by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women’s organization of over 238,000 members, making Cottey the only nonsectarian college in the United States owned and supported by women for women.