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Motlow's Robin Keel named as Hites Scholar

Aug. 12 2015

Phi Theta Kappa honors society has named Motlow graduate and Tullahoma native Robin Keel as a recipient of the Hites transfer scholarship.

Scholarships of $7,500 each have been awarded to the 2015 Hites scholars and scholars will receive the medallion during Phi Theta Kappa's 2016 annual convention. The scholarship funds are distributed upon the scholar's transfer to a senior institution and are mailed to the scholar each semester upon receipt of the student's official transcripts and senior institution enrollment verification.

As an honors student at Motlow College and member of Phi Theta Kappa, Keel received regional and national recognition. At the Society's regional convention at Columbia State Community College, she won the award for Distinguished Chapter Member, and at the 2014 National College Honors Council (NCHC) conference, Keel received the NCHC Student of the Year award.

With the aid of the Hites transfer scholarship, Keel will continue her education through Tennessee Technological University's 2+2 program for elementary education while attending classes on Motlow's Moore County campus.

"For someone like me, this scholarship is more about redemption than money," said Keel. "I am humbled and motivated that there are organizations such as the Hite Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa that recognize that individuals have the power to change their legacy. My Phi Theta Kappa family inspires me to grow and give daily. I am sincerely grateful that this scholarship will allow me to serve my family, lead my community, enjoy fellowship with my colleagues, and promote scholarship to my future students."

After finishing the program at Tennessee Tech, Keel plans to earn a master's degree and pursue a career in higher education.

"I want a chance to give back in some way to community colleges such as Motlow," continued Keel. "These types of institutions are helping people achieve their dreams."

The Hites Scholarship Program was made possible by donations and matching gifts from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and donors to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation was established by Robert Hites, an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Mo.

The Hites Foundation grant to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation will fund the scholarship endowment to allow more scholarships to be awarded to Society members.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, please contact Laura Brown (Moore County) at 931-393-1538 or, Laura Monks (Fayetteville) at 931-438-0028 or, Gregg Garrison (McMinnville) at 931-668-7010 or, or Nick Bush (Smyrna) at 615-220-7833 or