Honoring the 2021 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team

New: Download the printable awards booklet, which features a college-by-college pictorial directory of this year’s honorees.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) is proud to announce the 27th Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. The honor recognizes an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

The 2021 awardees include 46 outstanding community college transfer scholars and 15 exceptional workforce pathway scholars from across the Commonwealth. Transfer students must have completed at least 36 credits at a community college and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to be considered for these awards. Workforce students must have a minimum of 12 college-level credit hours at a community college and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

This year, a Pennsylvania student – Kerry Katz from the Community College of Allegheny County – has been named to the All-USA Academic Team, in addition to being honored as the Commonwealth’s Coca-Cola New Century Transfer Scholar. More than 2,000 students were nominated for the All-USA Academic Team from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Katz, who led a college food pantry fundraising campaign and other volunteer initiatives during the pandemic, will receive a $5,000 scholarship for being a member of the All-USA Team, in addition to scholarship funds awarded for being the Coca-Cola New Century Transfer Scholar from Pennsylvania. Students nominated to the national All-USA Community College Academic Team are automatically named to the All-State Community College Academic Teams. The last time a Pennsylvania student was named to the All-USA Academic Team was in 2017.

Students who receive the highest application scores in each state are named Coca-Cola New Century Transfer Pathway Scholars and Coca-Cola New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars. Northampton Community College student Josephine Milanzi is the recipient of this year’s workforce honor, which comes with a $1,250 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Educational Foundation. Katz is this year’s recipient of the transfer honor, which in addition to the All-USA scholarship, comes with a $2,250 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Educational Foundation.

Pennsylvania’s community colleges partner with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities to provide scholarships to eligible All-Pennsylvania Transfer Team members at PASSHE institutions, providing two years of tuition at any PASSHE school.

The Pennsylvania transfer awardees also include one Coca-Cola Gold Scholar who will receive a $1,500 scholarship, two Coca-Cola Silver Scholars who will receive $1,250 scholarships and four Coca-Cola Bronze Scholars who will receive $1,000 scholarships.

The All-USA Community College Academic Team is sponsored by Cengage, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The New Century Scholars program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, PTK and the AACC.

The transfer and workforce pathway scholars are typically honored at an annual banquet at the Harrisburg Hilton. The students were celebrated virtually with the video presentation below.


The following students are members of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Transfer and Workforce Pathway Teams:

Community College of Allegheny County

  • Mohammed Alkatea*
  • Amy Cole
  • Fadimeana Demiryurek*
  • Samantha Dunsworth
  • Kerry Katz, All-USA Academic Team Member, Coca-Cola New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar
  • Peghwende Kabore-Ouedraogo
  • Melinda McCloskey, Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar
  • Noah Miller*
  • Marcus Alexander O’Brien
  • Victoria Peters*
  • Jeremy Robertson
  • Jennifer Sayre, Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar

Community College of Beaver County

  • Daniel Carr
  • Hayley Pauvlinch, Coca-Cola Silver Scholar
  • Meghan Rosendale, Coca-Cola Silver Scholar

Bucks County Community College

  • Joshua Filer
  • Samantha Haines
  • Denise Keyser

Butler County Community College

  • Jaysa Ditty
  • Sydni Smith

Delaware County Community College

  • DeChanel Bailey-Castillo
  • Priscilla Kongo
  • Guinevere Paviglianiti
  • Victoria Wilson, Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

  • Teresa Becket
  • Brianne Beiler
  • Morgan Czapp*
  • Rachel Fleagle, Coca-Cola Gold Scholar
  • Elva Hoover
  • Jennifer Martin*
  • Harrison Monahan
  • Christian Rutkowski*
  • Jayce Schwartzbeck
  • Kristianna West

Lehigh Carbon Community College

  • Jamie Knerr
  • Brook Lutz*
  • Ian Miller
  • Makaela Schoenly*

Luzerne County Community College      

  • Megan Kovitch*
  • Heather Lee
  • Cristina Spradlin, Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar

Montgomery County Community College

  • Anuj Kamani
  • Shaneann Marshall-Hylton
  • Josh Taban
  • Lloyd Yoo

Northampton Community College

  • Caitlin George*
  • Rebecca James
  • Nia Marrow
  • Evan Meister
  • Josephine Milanzi, Coca-Cola New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar*
  • Victoria Rosenthal

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

  • Maddelyn Hoover
  • Isabella Nagy
  • Madison Piatak
  • Sydney Wells*

Community College of Philadelphia

  • Daina Garvey
  • AsiaRay Johnson

Reading Area Community College

  • Carolina Hidalgo-Ahmed
  • Aaron Valentine

Westmoreland County Community College

  • Aayla Beck
  • Roman Carnes

*Denotes Workforce Pathway Scholar

Please enjoy some words of wisdom from our 2021 New Century Transfer and Workforce Pathway Scholars:

All-USA Academic Team Member and Coca-Cola New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar, Kerry Katz of the Community College of Allegheny County, shared that she didn’t consider herself a good student and urged other students to believe in themselves. She also expressed her gratitude and hope that she will make a positive impact on the world.


Coca-Cola New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar Josephine Milanzi, who grew up in an orphanage after her parents passed away, encouraged her fellow students to practice gratitude and never stop learning. She said she is thankful for the many blessings in her life, including this opportunity.

Phi Theta Kappa

As the largest honor society in higher education, Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programs.

For 27 years, the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has joined Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community college students, to honor students who have been nominated by their colleges to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team.

The All-Pennsylvania Academic Team Awards Program, building from the National All-USA Academic Team for two-year colleges, recognizes an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their college.

The students who are recognized represent the diversity of community colleges and confirm the community colleges’ commitment to providing accessible and affordable higher education to Pennsylvanians.