Rebecca Mercedes Collins named 2019 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar

mercedes collins receiving award

Northeast Texas Community College student Rebecca Mercedes Collins, of Daingerfield, has been named the 2019 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. 


Collins is a first-generation college student majoring in history. A Presidential Honors Scholar at NTCC, she serves on her local Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s Executive Board and attended the Texas Regional Convention as well as Texas Honors Institute. She has conducted two large-scale research studies through the Webb Historical Society and played a vital role in her college honor program’s film projects.  


"Mercedes has a thoughtful outlook, rock-solid dependability, and strong work ethic that sets her apart as a great scholar and leader. I'm pleased to see her recognized with this well-deserved honor," said Dr. Fulgham, lead advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at NTCC. 


The Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholarship is presented to the Texas applicant with the highest score from Phi Theta Kappa’s Scholarship Application, which helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. 


Dr. Mary Hood served as Texas Regional Coordinator for 18 years and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors at the time of her death in 2011. The Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholarship was established in her memory, providing scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members in Texas. 


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 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations. Learn more at