What is the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship?
The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship recognizes the most outstanding workforce-bound student from each state. Students must be nominated for the All-USA Academic Team to be eligible for this scholarship. Application deadline for STUDENTS is at 5pm CST on December 1, 2023. NOMINATORS have until 5pm CST on December 8, 2023, to nominate students.
Who can apply for this scholarship?
Students currently enrolled in career and technical associate degree programs who will be entering the workforce immediately after graduation, prior to fall 2024, are eligible to apply.
Do I have to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa to apply?
No, this scholarship is open to PTK members AND non-members.
What are the requirements to apply for this scholarship?
The minimum requirements are that students must:
- Be nominated by your college’s designated nominator.
- Be enrolled in at least six (6) semester hours in an associate degree program or career/technical program through December 2023, with an established GPA at the time of application.
- Hold a minimum GPA of 3.50.
How do I apply for this scholarship?
The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship is located on PTK’s Scholarship Application, which is open through December 1st. When the application is open, the application link will be available on our website.
What is the deadline for applying?
The deadline to apply is 5pm CST on December 1st; however, you should contact the nominator on your college campus to determine if your college has an earlier internal deadline for nominee selection.
Are international students eligible to apply?
Yes, international students attending a US college with an F-1 Visa are eligible to apply.
Can students currently working on their bachelor’s degree apply?
No, this scholarship is specifically designated for those students enrolled in a career or technical associate degree program.
What does it mean that students must be "nominated" for this award?
The New Century Pathway program stems from the All-USA Academic Team, which is a nomination-based scholarship program. Nominators are designated at each college campus. Generally, these nominators are faculty or staff trained in the areas of workforce development.
How many students can be nominated for this scholarship?
Colleges are encouraged to nominate up to two (2) students per campus for the Workforce Pathway scholarship.
How do I know who my nominator is?
To locate the contact information for the nominator on your college campus, use our All-USA College Nominator Search.
What if my school doesn’t have a nominator?
If your college does not have a nominator designated, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the college and campus you are attending.
Can I transfer to a university after applying for this scholarship?
If you have plans to transfer to the four-year college in 2024 after receiving your associate degree/certificate, you would not be eligible for this scholarship. You may wish to apply for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship, which is also a division of the All-USA and New Century Pathway programs.
Do I have to enter the workforce after applying?
Students nominated for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship should be entering the workforce prior to fall 2024, immediately after completing a certificate or associate degree.
What if my plans change from the time of application to the time of awarding the scholarship?
Because this is a Workforce scholarship, students should only be nominated if they will be entering the workforce prior to fall 2024 upon completion of their associate degree/certificate. If a student's plans change after the application closes and they will no longer be entering the workforce prior to fall 2024, they could be disqualified from the Workforce Pathway Scholarship competition.
Students who will be transferring to a four-year college in 2024 upon completion of their associate degree/certificate are not eligible to apply for or receive the Workforce Pathway scholarship.
Can a student be eligible for both the New Century Workforce Scholarship AND the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship?
Short answer - NO. Students cannot be eligible for both pathways. Workforce Pathway applicants are students that are completing an associate degree or a certificate program with no plans to continue their education past the associate degree level. Transfer Pathway applicants are students that are continuing their education past the associate degree level, most of which transfer to the four-year college/university to obtain a bachelor's degree.
Is a student considered a Workforce Pathway applicant if they plan to work while pursuing a bachelor's degree at the four-year college/university?
No. Most students work while they continue their education, and simply working while pursuing a degree does not mean the student will be eligible for the Workforce Pathway. The Pathway (Transfer or Workforce) the student is eligible for is determined by the applicant's responses to the Eligibility Quiz questions. Because the Eligibility Quiz on our application is equipped with a complex logic grid, this takes the guesswork out of which pathway a student is eligible for.
How many of these scholarships are awarded each year?
Up to 52 Workforce Pathway Scholarships are awarded each academic year. 50 scholarships are awarded to the top-scoring student in each state; 2 scholarships are awarded to the top-scoring student from Canada or other sovereign nation where at least one PTK chapter resides.
What is the amount of this scholarship, and how is it disbursed?
The scholarship amount is $1,250, and it is disbursed in the form of a check. The full amount is sent directly to the student via mail.
How should the scholarship money be used if I receive the scholarship?
The scholarship may be used to complete an associate degree, obtain a certification, or purchase tools or other trade-specific items needed to enter the workforce.