RCC Students Gain National Awards

Two Rogue Community College (RCC) students have earned top national honors and scholarship awards.  Megan Capp is one of 20 college students named to the prestigious 2022 All-USA Academic Team and Devin Ireland has been selected as a 2022 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar. Both awards are coordinated through the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

“All of us at RCC are proud of the amazing accomplishments of these two scholars, Megan and Devin,” said RCC President Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle. “They are shining examples of commitment and perseverance during these unusual times.”

Capp, a manufacturing major who will continue at RCC next year, will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the competition that saw 2,200 students nominated nationwide. The All-USA program is recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending associate degree-granting institutions. Each student must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and civic growth, bettering themselves, their schools, and their surrounding communities.

“This scholarship means a tremendous amount to me and my family,” said Capp, “because it allows me to continue my journey exploring the possibilities of automation and design. I’m grateful to all my RCC instructors and my Dean. They made all of my opportunities possible.”

According to Kimberley Freeze, Dean of Academic Affairs, Art, Science & Technology, “Megan is one of those exceptional people who, no matter what life throws out, responds with a positive attitude. She excels at problem solving, critical and independent thinking and taking on new challenges. She is an outstanding and innovative student with entrepreneurial aspirations.”

Ireland, a scholar-athlete who plays volleyball for RCC as their netter, will graduate in June and head to Texas A&M University to study business. Her award comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.

“Being recognized as a scholar-athlete is such an honor,” said Ireland. “It really makes me feel that all of my hard work, time and effort has been recognized.”

“Devin has been an outstanding student and athlete since she joined the Ospreys program,” shared Athletic Director Darren Van Lehn. “She helped captain a region championship team, was a seven-time player of the week, conference player of the week, and an All-Star recipient, all while completing an AA with a 4.0 GPA. She fully embodies the spirit behind the award.”

Capp will be recognized during the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) convention in May. Ireland will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in April.

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