Two Bellevue College engineering students, Mustapha Ennaimy and Hatha Dam, have been named to the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team in recognition of their high achievement in academics and dedication to community service. They were honored, along with students from the state’s 33 other community and technical colleges, at a ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia on Thursday, March 21, where Gov. Jay Inslee delivered the keynote address.
“It’s extremely gratifying to see Mustapha and Hatha’s hard work and dedication to their studies recognized at such a high level,” Bellevue College President David L. Rule said. “We are so proud of their accomplishments, and we expect great things of them in the future.”
At the ceremony, Dam and Ennaimy were both awarded $500 scholarships, and Dam received an additional $250 scholarship for being ranked in the top 13 out of 66 students named to the team. They can also take advantage of transfer scholarships available to all members of the All-Washington Academic Team to continue their education, provided by 17 of the state’s public and private four-year institutions, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University.
Ennaimy, 23, is originally from Morocco. Shortly after moving to the United States, he enrolled in Bellevue College, first in English as a Second Language courses, followed by college-level credit courses. He volunteers as a tutor in student services, is a member of the Computer Science Club, and serves as vice president of scholarship for the BC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He currently resides in Bellevue.
Dam, 21, who lives in Renton, is an international student from Cambodia who is studying electrical engineering at Bellevue College. He is active in the Engineering Club and Phi Theta Kappa, and serves as a Student Ambassador for International Student Programs. A recipient of the Dale Hoffman Math Scholarship last year, Dam works as a tutor in BC’s math lab.
Both Dam and Ennaimy, who graduate this spring, have applied to attend University of Washington in the fall as transfer students.
The All-Washington Academic Team was established in 1996 as a part of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges. For more information about the All-Washington Academic Team, visit: http://www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.