Tan Recognized for Intellectual Achievement, Leadership, Community and Campus Engagement


Kyle Tan, a dual-credit student at Galveston College, is one of only 20 college students named to the prestigious All-USA Academic Team and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. More than 2,200 students were nominated for this award.

Tan currently serves as Secretary of the Galveston College Phi Theta Kappa’s chapter, and was instrumental in establishing community networks that resulted in the adoption of PTK’s official sponsored non-profit Soap for Hope Project. This organization teaches entrepreneurship and business skills to special needs young adults. In addition, Kyle has completed 41 hours at Galveston College, maintains a 4.0 GPA, has been early admitted to John Hopkins University and intends to major in Biomedical Engineering.

Galveston College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter is co-sponsored by Dr. Regina Durante and Dr. Matthew Walker. When asked about this award Dr. Durante responded, “Kyle has excelled beyond his peers while attending Galveston College and his stellar record has received high marks in all areas”.

Tan will be recognized during the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) convention in May. During the event, Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton will present him with a commemorative medallion. Dr. Regina Durante and Dr. Matthew Walker, will also be in attendance to celebrate Kyle’s achievements.

“We are pleased and honored that Kyle was selected for to the All-USA Academic Team,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, President of Galveston College. “His success is a great testament to his abilities, our partnerships with area high schools and the work done every day by our dedicated faculty and staff.”

Team members were selected for their outstanding intellectual achievement, leadership, community, and campus engagement. The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by Cengage, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa and AACC. Cengage’s industry-leading subscription for textbooks and materials, Cengage Unlimited, has helped community college students save more than $130 million on course materials since August 2018.

“Community colleges play an important role in providing affordable education that helps students transition successfully to the workforce,” said Kevin Carlsten, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Higher Education Institutional Group at Cengage. “Unfortunately, community colleges felt the largest enrollment impact from the pandemic with a decline of nearly 15% in two years. We want to do all we can to support community college leaders and students with affordable access to quality education and are deeply inspired by the achievements of this year’s All-USA Academic Team, as prime examples of the power of learning.”

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.