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Phi Theta Kappa member Howd awarded prestigious scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa member Howd awarded prestigious scholarship
  • On August 24, 2018

Lansing Community College student Jon-Claude Howd was recently named a 2018 Oberndorf Scholar by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

The Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of their first college credential, associate degree or certificate.

Howd is one of eight students selected internationally to receive the award. The scholarship is named for its benefactors, Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf.

Lou Oberndorf 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 Phi Theta Kappa Foundation’s 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.

“Without a doubt, the Oberndorf Scholarship has a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students, making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, executive director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.

“We are grateful to the Oberndorf family for their commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals. Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients.”

LCC President Brent Knight offered congratulations to Howd.

“We are extremely proud of Jon-Claude and celebrate his achievement,” Knight said. “He is a shining example of the success that we want our students to experience. I am confident that his continued hard work and determination will take him wherever he wants to go in life.”

In addition to his activities with Phi Theta Kappa, Howd is also a second-year member of the Student Leadership Academy at LCC.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders.

The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at

Story submitted by Marilyn D. Twine, director of Public Relations at Lansing Community College.

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