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Louis Fobb Wins All-USA Award

MCTC student named to All-USA community college academic team

Louis Fobb Wins All-USA AwardLouis Fobb, MCTC liberal arts major, has been selected as a member of the 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team. Only 20 students from more 1,800 nominations were selected for this prestigious honor, receiving a total of $50,000 in scholarships. The All-USA Community College Academic Team is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa, and is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group. Additional support is provided by the American Association of Community Colleges. Fobb is the fourth consecutive MCTC student to receive this award and the seventh MCTC student to be honored in the history of the award.

“We are extremely proud of Louis and are honored to see him recognized for his outstanding accomplishments,” said Phil Davis, president of MCTC. “Louis is an exceptional student leader who is well-known among MCTC’s students, faculty and staff for his efforts to increase the academic success of African American students. Louis demonstrates the highest level of excellence in education, leadership and community service and he inspires others to reach beyond their comfort zones to realize the possibilities of their future.”

Fobb is on the Dean’s List at MCTC and earned a 3.65 GPA. He has won many awards for his exceptional leadership including the SAAB Legacy Award, SAAB President Award, SAAB & AME Jonathan Lofgren Initiative Awards, AME Student of the Year Award, SAAB Umoja Award and the MCTC Student Leadership Award.

According to President Davis, MCTC set a goal of significantly increasing the rate at which its students complete their educational goals. The College recognizes achieving educational equity must be part of this effort, which is why MCTC set its sights on closing the achievement gap as it increases graduation rates. Fobb played a major role in leading the college’s efforts to achieve these goals.

In the fall of 2010, MCTC established a chapter of Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), a key component of its student success initiative. Fobb was a founding member of the organization and quickly emerged as one of its leaders. This was a critical time in the organization’s development and Fobb ensured the effort got off to a good start. He chaired the spiritual/social committee, which established a sense of teamwork and a welcoming environment for students who rely on SAAB for support. His leadership skills were recognized by all who worked with Fobb and he soon was elected to serve as SAAB’s president. He is currently SAAB’s administrative assistant.

Fobb exemplifies what it means to serve the campus community. As a member of MCTC’s Students against Hunger and Homelessness, Fobb used his personal experience with homelessness as an example for others about how the experience challenged him as an individual, student and leader. “I have grounded myself in the belief it takes a village to raise a child,” said Fobb. “Serving people has been my greatest feat at MCTC. I recognize people need love, understanding, compassion and for someone to hold them to a higher expectation.” Fobb credits AME and the support he received from his SAAB brothers for their love, support, resiliency and passion and for creating the culture of inclusiveness which helped him thrive.

In addition to their generous sponsorships of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, Follett is proud to sponsor Phi Theta Kappa and the All-USA Community College Academic Team through their gift of $125,000, to honor the academic achievements of community college students. Winners receive textbook and academic scholarships, which enable these outstanding men and women to reach their educational goals.

Each All-USA Community College Academic Team member receives a $2,500 scholarship and a medallion. A commemorative obelisk was presented to the college president and student winners were presented at the Phi Theta Kappa Presidents Breakfast held during the 93rd annual American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention on April 23, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif.

All-USA Community College Academic Team members were featured in a full-page section in USA TODAY newspaper. The awards are administered by Phi Theta Kappa. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

Louis Fobb and Etonam (Fanny) Okaikue-WoodiAll students nominated for the All-USA team are automatically placed on the All-State Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 38 states. Members receive special recognition including medallions, certificates and oftentimes stipends and scholarships. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. Fobb is now part of the All-State Academic Team with MCTC student Etonam (Fanny) Okaikue-Woodi. A math major at MCTC, Okaikue-Woodi, plans to pursue a career in environmental engineering. She recognizes we are all connected to our planet, and we are all responsible for it. Okaikue-Woodi believes part of her responsibility includes educating and helping others.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss. is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918.