New Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Recipient

The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is awarded to students who have attained high academic achievement after transferring from a partner community college to Excelsior College to pursue their bachelor’s degree.

Meghan Carpenter, a student in the BS in Electrical Engineering program, is the 2017 recipient. She shares her story of reaching her goals while balancing work and college after many attempts.

Excelsior Life: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Carpenter: I am 30 years old. I live in upstate New York and work full-time at Indium Corporation of America. I have my associate degree in general studies. I have also been working on my bachelor’s in electrical engineering for a few years now, but physically going to class is hard with my work schedule.

Excelsior Life: Where did you attend community college and what did you study? Carpenter: I attended SUNY Poly right out of high school, but did not like the program I chose. A few years later, I attended Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and took tons of classes to see what piqued my interest. I couldn’t fit in a full-time class schedule with work, so now I am a full-time student at Excelsior College.

Excelsior Life: What degree did you pursue? Carpenter: I am currently pursuing electrical engineering and taking physics, technology and society, business ethics, and project management.

Excelsior Life: What motivated you to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Carpenter: I want a career that I can be proud of. No more retail, no more horrible hours, or working holidays!

Excelsior Life: After completing this degree, what career do you hope to pursue? Carpenter: I would love to work for Google or Samsung, but we shall see what happens when the time comes. I definitely want to move out of state somewhere.

Excelsior Life: What does this scholarship mean to you personally? Carpenter: Personally without this scholarship, I wasn’t going to be able to enroll in courses this year. I am just about maxed with student loans and I don’t know if I can continue next year. I am taking it one semester at a time, putting my all in to learn and get all A’s, and hopefully I can get more scholarships to finish my degree.

For more information on The Scholarship Fund Available to Phi Theta Kappa Member Transferring from a Partner College, visit .


Alicia Jacobs
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Alicia Jacobs is Excelsior College’s Director of Communications and Community Engagement. She responsible for internal communications, public and media relations, employee and community engagement. She assists with special projects, events, committees on behalf of the President's Office. Jacobs career includes television production, broadcast media, healthcare, renewable energy, sports & entertainment, hospitality and higher education. She is also an Emmy Award-Winning TV Producer. During her career, she has worked for three international charities. Her work with non-profits continues today as she leads community engagement initiatives for the College including the Annual Excelsior Cares Volunteer Week. Outside of work, Jacobs is community-minded. Jacobs is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned her Master of Arts, communication with concentration in public relations from Western New England University. She is also a graduate of Excelsior College's Leadership Academy.

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