Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington student, Sarah Crespo, is one of 20 college students named to the prestigious All-USA Academic Team and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. More than 2,400 students nationwide were nominated for the award.

“Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Ivy Tech has provided opportunities for me to say yes to myself and my future,” Sarah Crespo, business operations, applications, and technology student said. “Thanks to the open door atmosphere at Ivy Tech and the empowerment of others, my possibilities are now endless. I am so grateful to have been chosen for this prestigious award.”

Crespo was recognized during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention held April 1-4 in Denver, Co. In addition to the scholarship funds, Crespo was presented with a commemorative medallion.

After graduation in May, she will transfer to Indiana State University to study for her bachelor’s in human resource development with future plans to pursue a career in human resources.

The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by Cengage, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and AACC. Cengage’s industry-leading subscription for textbooks and materials, Cengage Unlimited, has helped over 4.8 million students save over $580 million on the cost of course materials since August 2018.

“We are deeply inspired by the achievements of this year’s All-USA Academic Team. With so much focus and pressure on which post-secondary institution a student attends, these students show that the real keys to success are hard work and determination,” said Edwin Robles, Senior Vice President and General Manager, US Higher Education and Canada, Cengage. “Community colleges play an important role in providing affordable education that helps students transition successfully to the workforce or a 4-year institution. Despite facing significant enrollment headwinds since the pandemic, community colleges have been the most innovative in taking steps to make learning more flexible, affordable and accessible. We are proud to support these institutions and their students in their continued success.”

The All-USA program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending associate degree-granting institutions. Each college may nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and demonstrating academic achievement, leadership, and civic growth. The program also recognizes students who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools, and their surrounding communities. Learn more about the All-USA Academic Team Scholarship Program.

About Cengage

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About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at ptk.org.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.