International Student Awarded Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship

Sep. 8, 2015

International Student Awarded Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship
Ayesha Ather and President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble discuss study-abroad opportunities at Webster University

ST. LOUIS – International relations student Ayesha Ather was awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship, the largest scholarship award offered to transfer students at Webster University. She was officially recognized by the president of Webster University and the Chancellor of St. Louis Community College this week.

Ather said she was able to enter Webster University easily because of partnerships between the two institutions that make it easier for students to transfer from a two-year to a four-year program.

“When Webster and St. Louis Community College partner, it works for students,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. “With our shared commitment to students’ success, our institutions enabled Ayesha to move into the Webster program and apply for this wonderful award without having to sacrifice the opportunity to earn the associate’s degree. I am particularly glad that our institutions’ endorsement of the Missouri Reverse Transfer initiative worked so effectively for Ayesha. ”

“It’s important that we continue to find pathways for students to reach their educational goals,” said Jeff Pittman, Chancellor of St. Louis Community College. “Students may start at STLCC and transfer to another institution, so along with our four-year partners it’s critical to provide the opportunities that help them reach their ultimate objectives. The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is a great example of this and we congratulate and wish Ayesha the very best as she continues her education at Webster.”

Ayesha, a Canadian citizen, is the first international student to receive the award. She transferred to Webster University from St. Louis Community College Meramec Campus this semester. She said she was attracted to Webster University because of its strong international programs. She is studying international relations and plans on studying abroad at one of Webster University’s global locations.

“I know so many students who think options are shut down for them, and they don’t know that transferring other credits from a community college can easily be done,” Ather said. “I’ve heard so many stories, especially from international students, that they don’t have these opportunities, and being able to transfer and also earn this scholarship gives us so much hope towards our dreams. Students should be aware of all the opportunities available for them and with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible”

 To be eligible for the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship, a student must have completed an associate’s degree, have a lifetime cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above and must be a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Students must apply for the scholarship and submit an essay and a recommendation from a chapter or regional Phi Theta Kappa advisor

The award covers the full cost of tuition and is renewable for four consecutive semesters as long as the student is taking 13 to 18 credits per semester, is enrolled in an undergraduate degree and maintains a 3.5 grade point average.

The Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship is just one of several programs at Webster University designed to ease the transition from community college to a traditional four-year program. The University has several agreements with regional community colleges to help students with how to apply for financial aid or transfer credits between institutions, provides a growing number of dual admissions agreements, and also hosts several scholarship programs.

“Our primary goal is to help our students achieve success no matter where they begin their higher education journey,” said Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Webster. ““Our partnership with St. Louis Community College is a telling example how by working together in a region, higher education institutions can impact graduation rates and successful outcomes for our students and our communities.”

“Webster has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with St. Louis Community College through articulated academic programs for transfer students, and in serving outstanding students like Ayesha, who choose to build upon their higher education experiences started at STLCC at Webster,” said Christina Gilbert, the associate director of transfer admissions at Webster University. “The partnership between Webster and St. Louis Community College continues to expand; the newest program between the two institutions is a dual admission partnership in nursing between the associated degree in nursing program at STLCC and the bachelors of science in nursing at Webster.”

For more information on transfer students programs, visit For more information about scholarship programs for both full-time and part-time transfer students, visit

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with almost 20,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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