Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) student Cameron Salazar has been named the 2016 New Century Scholar for the state of Louisiana. Selection was based on the score he earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, which included more than 1,900 applications this year. Salazar was the top scoring student in the state of Louisiana.
Salazar is really excited about this achievement.
"It is an absolute blessing to receive this honor. This award is not one of simple recognition or money for college. It is a tool that will help me continue my dream; a dream of completing my college degree at a four year university," said twenty-year-old Salazar.
Salazar is a native of Knoxville, TN but grew up in Detroit, MI and Hickory, NC. He attended Hickory Christian Academy, a private high school. As a full time BRCC student, Salazar wears multiple hats. He maintains a 3.9 GPA while serving as the president of the Student Government Association. He is also a member of the Men's Basketball Team, and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor's Society (PTK). He will graduate this May with an associate degree in business.
"Salazar is an excellent choice for this award," said Dr. Carolyn Smith, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK) Advisor at BRCC. "He is a hard worker, dedicated, and a talented student academically in coursework and within PTK. He also exemplifies leadership on and off campus."
For his achievement, Salazar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and certificate, and will be recognized in Chicago, IL on April 12 during the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.
The Coca-Cola New Century Scholars program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.