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Chris LeMaster and the GEICO Gecko at Phi Theta Kappa's 2013 Annual Convention
Angie Goldszmidt does; she is a recipient of the 2014 GEICO Pathways to Completion Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship, which awards $1, 500 each to the two top-scoring applicants for Phi Theta Kappa’s Guistwhite Scholarship.
2014 GEICO Pathways to Completion Bachelor's Degree Scholarship recipient Angie Goldszmidt
Eight years ago, Goldszmidt was living with her family in underground shelters in Northern Israel, taking cover from Hezbollah rocket attacks. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 14. After high school, she worked 40 hours a week at a wholesale diamond company each day and as a waitress on weekends while earning a 4.0 GPA as a student at Bergen Community College in New Jersey at night.
Goldszmidt served as secretary for the Model United Nations Club and as president of her Phi Theta Kappa chapter. She hopes to earn advanced degrees in political science and become an advocate of positive change on the national and international levels.
“Many of our students come from low-income families and broken homes, and some live in homeless shelters, ” she said. “I feel it is my personal duty to do everything I can to help them graduate and support them through the transfer process.”
The partnership between GEICO and Phi Theta Kappa has proven valuable for both organizations. In addition to serving as an Annual Convention sponsor, GEICO also provides a discount on car insurance to Phi Theta Kappa members and advisors. Plus, a GEICO Career Fair will be hosted later in the year exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members.
“We value education and actively promote it within our company too, ” said Deedre Daniel, GEICO’s Director, National Sales and Service: Partnership, Affinity and Membership Discounts. “It is our hope that these students go on to finish their bachelor’s degrees and find rewarding careers when they graduate.”
The GEICO Pathways to Completion Scholarship Program provides a total of $10, 000 in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members: two awards of $1, 000 at the associate level; two awards of $1, 500 at the baccalaureate level; and two awards of $2, 500 at the graduate level. Applications for the GEICO Pathway to Completion Master’s Degree Scholarship are now being accepted through October 31.
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