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LLCC student Olivia Marchizza named 2024 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar

Press contact: Kyla Kruse

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SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College student Olivia Marchizza of Auburn has been named a Phi Theta Kappa 2024 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship. She was recognized during the American Association of Community College’s (AACC’s) annual conference held April 5-9 in Louisville, Kentucky.

More than 2,200 students from more than 1,300 college campuses nationwide were nominated. Only one New Century Transfer Scholar is selected from each state. 

“This is a very prestigious award, and Olivia was selected for her academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and engagement in college and community service,” said Dr. Gillian Bauer, LLCC professor of English and Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages students’ academic achievement and leadership skill development, and Oliva exemplifies those skills.”

The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa and AACC. 

“We congratulate Olivia Marchizza for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and the AACC to recognize these outstanding achievements,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for two-year college students to succeed and for putting college completion within reach.” 

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 at colleges across the U.S. Learn more at