Scholarship Fuels Degree Completion


David Assaro-Mitchell is completing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts this winter with the help of a scholarship for students who transferred to Excelsior College from a community college partner.

Assaro-Mitchell is a recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, awarded by Excelsior College to students who had attained high academic achievement at their community college and as a result are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Excelsior College awards the scholarship to Phi Theta Kappa members from partner institutions during the academic year: one scholarship is awarded to a student residing within New York state, and the other is given to a student residing elsewhere in the United States. Assaro-Mitchell is the second scholarship recipient for the 2017–2018 year.

The financial support is personally meaningful to Assaro-Mitchell, who also received this scholarship during the 2016–2017 academic year. “It is like being on the top of your game and winning a championship in whatever you do,” he says.

Assaro-Mitchell, of Cambridge, Maryland, transferred to Excelsior from Howard Community College, where he had studied history and secondary education and earned all As in his history courses. He’s a fitness and sports director at YMCA, and after earning his bachelor’s, hopes to make a move to historical studies and/or research. “Nothing replaces the passion I have for history, as I desire to be in the field for the rest of my life,” he says. “My transition to Excelsior College to pursue my bachelor’s degree is making my dreams come true ….”
He was motivated to complete the bachelor’s degree and fulfill his family expectations while inspiring his children to do the same in the future.

We congratulate him on his achievement!

For more information on the scholarship available to Phi Theta Kappa members transferring from a partner college, visit