As the top-scoring student (based on scores received in the All-USA
competition) from the state of Kansas, Cowley College sophomore Aubrey
Lyman was selected as a New Century Scholar.
Lyman received a $2,000 stipend and was recognized at the American Association
of Community Colleges Convention, April 17-19, in Seattle, Washington.
The New Century Scholars program is sponsored annually by the American
Association of Community Colleges, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola
Scholars Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa.
At Cowley, Lyman was involved in Phi Theta Kappa, KNEA (Kansas National
Education Association), PAWS (Peers Advocating Wellness for Students),
was the president of ACES (Academic Civic Engagement through Service),
the president of the Cowley College Young Democrats, and was a representative
for clubs in SGA.
The elementary major from Wichita had to write an essay as part of the
contest. Lyman’s essay was over the clothing drive she helped put
together last semester at Cowley.
Lyman, who was also named to the Kansas All-State Academic Team, thanks
in part to her excellent work as a PTK member at Cowley, was thrilled
to learn she was named a New Century Scholar.
“When I heard the news I started jumping up and down with my dorm mates
with excitement and called my parents at 11 o’clock at night to tell
them the news,” Lyman said.
She credits PTK sponsors Melinda Neal and Nancy Ayers with helping her
receive this award.
“Melinda and Nancy are both amazing, I love them to death,” Lyman
said. “Ms. Neal has been a great help with the All-Kansas team stuff.”