CCAC student selected for International Scholar Laureate Program will study medicine in Australia

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Ashley SzymkowiakPITTSBURGH-Community College of Allegheny County student Ashley Szymkowiak of Plum Borough has been selected to participate in Phi Theta Kappa's International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP). As an ISLP scholar, Szymkowiak will receive a $1,000 scholarship to participate in the Delegation on Medicine & Science study abroad program in Australia from May 19-26.

As a student scholar, Szymkowiak will spend time in Sydney and Melbourne visiting a cutting-edge medical center and attending academic sessions on Australia's unique medical environment, including Aboriginal bush medicine, natural medicines and treatments, and tropical diseases. Through special access to hospitals, clinics and universities, lectures by doctors and specialists, group discussions, and immersion in the sights, sounds, people and places that make up the complex multi-cultural nation, the experience will provide a perspective that will be of benefit throughout a medical career.

Szymkowiak will graduate in May with an associate degree in surgical technology. Her career goal is to be a traveling surgical technologist as part of a surgical transplantation team that retrieves organs and tissue donations from local hospitals. She serves as vice president of Leadership as a member of Phi Theta Kappa's Sigma Omicron Chapter at CCAC Boyce Campus.

"Ashley is an exceptional student leader, and she has been instrumental in the success of our chapter's community service projects, such as the Special Santa holiday gift drive benefitting children in the care of the Pauline Auberle Foundation," said Linda Neubauer, student development specialist at Boyce Campus.

ISLP scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs as well as involvement in CCAC extracurricular and volunteer activities. Phi Theta Kappa partnered with the ISLP to provide students a chance to further their career development and strengthen their leadership skills while engaging in culturally enriching experiences that increase their knowledge and preparation for a specific career and providing a global understanding of the career field.

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 honor society comprises more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at

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