Focus on the Student Experience: Applying Honor

Melissa Groeschel (left)

Focus on the Student Experience: Applying Honor

Spring 2018

| By: Britten, Casey

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are helping others attain a college education.​

Current FVTC students have stepped up to help scholars of the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation Promise program.The Promise provides free tuition for lower-income high school seniors who plan to attend the college.

One of those students is 42-year-old Melissa Groeschel, president of FVTC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, an international organization that recognizes and encourages academic achievement among two-year college students. “Part of the application process to receive a Promise scholarship includes completing the government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA,” says Groeschel.

Under Groeschel’s leadership, PTK is now working with the Foundation to help incoming Promise students. “Filling out the FAFSA is an intimidating process for anyone, and it involves some paperwork,” states Groeschel. “PTK members are honored to provide assistance.” 

PTK’s efforts in guiding the long, yet necessary, application with families thus far has proved to be successful. “Parents of incoming students appreciate the support, and we just won our first international award because of this project,” says Groeschel.

Helping others comes naturally to Groeschel. The Oshkosh resident has been taking courses in FVTC’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse program and will be transferring her credits to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh toward a bachelor’s degree in Human Service Leadership. “Being a member of PTK is a great way to expand your own world while helping others,” concludes Groeschel.

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