Student Trustee Named Top Student in Maryland and New Century Scholar

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—Tia Holmes (Fort Washington, Md.), student trustee at Prince George’s Community College, has been named a New Century Scholar and the top community college student in Maryland by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and American Association of Community Colleges. New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state and receive a $2,000 stipend, a New Century Scholar medallion, and recognition in the April 23 edition of USA Today. Students at Prince George’s Community College have been recognized with this honor twice within three years. Promise Olomo, a 2009 nursing graduate, received the prestigious recognition in the same year.

Holmes, a 4.0 grade point average and Dean’s List student, has completed 11 honors courses. In addition to her role as a member of the Prince George’s Community College Board of Trustees, she served on the Publications Advisory Board and as interim editor-in-chief of The Owl student newspaper at the college. Last summer, she was a legislative intern in the office of Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and responded to constituent concerns. Holmes’ commitment to service and unwavering support of Prince George’s County led to her selection.

As the New Century Scholar, Holmes will give the keynote address at the 18th Annual All-Maryland Community College Academic Team Recognition Award banquet in Ellicott City, Md. in May, and she will represent Maryland at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention in April in Orlando, Fla.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at  

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