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 http://www.excelsior.edu/web/partners/scholarships .