April 9, 2010
A student at Piedmont Virginia Community College has been named the top community college student in Virginia. The award is part of the All-USA Academic Team program sponsored by USA TODAY, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for two-year colleges.
Charlottesville resident Jonathan Motlagh was named the 2010 New Century Scholar for Virginia. The program honors students who receive the highest All-USA Academic Team application score in each state.
As a New Century Scholar, Motlagh received a $2,000 scholarship from the Coca Cola Foundation. He will attend the AACC Conference with PVCC President Frank Friedman in Seattle later this month to receive his award.
Motlagh is the fifth PVCC student to be named Virginia New Century Scholar since the award was started in 2000.
In addition, Motlagh was selected as one of only 20 PTK members nationwide to receive the Guistwhite Scholarship for his academic achievement and service to PVCC and the community. This is the first time in the history of the scholarship that a PVCC student was chosen for this honored distinction. He will be recognized during the PTK convention in Orlando this month, where he will receive $5,000 toward his baccalaureate studies.
Motlagh is a former Marine and a student in the business administration program at PVCC. He will graduate in May with an Associate of Science degree from PVCC and plans to attend the University of Virginia McIntire School of Business in the fall.
The Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team and the New Century Scholar programs recognize outstanding two-year college students based on nominations submitted by community college presidents or CEOs. To be eligible, a student must post a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average and be eligible to graduate with an associate degree.