The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently announced its 2017 All-USA Community College Academic Team, with Indian American Sheetal Singh named among the members. She was also named a 2017 New Century Scholar by achieving the state's highest score in the competition, with a 3.77 GPA.
The All-USA Community College Academic Team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society, the society said.
A total of 20 students were named, with each receiving a $5,000 scholarship.
In addition to scholarships, team members are presented at the annual President’s Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention.
Singh is a student at Oakton Community College in Illinois.
"Being honored as one of the top 20 community college students in the nation and as the top community college student in the state of Illinois really has been such an experience and accomplishment for me personally," said Singh in an Oakton Community College news release. "Knowing where I started, and to be where I am today, I honestly would never have imagined it."
Singh is founding president of Oakton's Society of Women Engineers and has served on student government, the college's Educational Standards Review Board and as a TRiO peer mentor for first generation college students.
After earning her degree at Oakton, Singh plans to transfer a to a four-year institution to study cyber security before beginning a career in the service of her country in the intelligence community.
"Knowing that there is someone out there willing to support me in pursuing my dreams motivates me to persevere through obstacles," Singh added. "I want to leave behind a legacy of my own that would be a source of inspiration and aid for future generations."
The program is sponsored by the Follett Higher Education Group with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.