Hudson County Community College Alumnus Named a Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar

May 13, 2020

Abderahim Salhi is one of just 15 students nationwide to receive the prestigious scholarship.


May 13, 2020, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) alumnus Abderahim Salhi has been named a 2020 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Guistwhite Scholar based on his academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in the international honor society’s programs.

The $5,000 Guistwhite Scholarship for baccalaureate studies is the second highest scholarship offered by Phi Theta Kappa, the premier honor society that recognizes the academic achievements of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helps them grow as scholars and leaders. A panel of independent judges selected the 15 recipients from more than 3,400 applicants nationwide.


Abderahim Salhi


Mr. Salhi was also recently named a recipient of the nationally esteemed Goldwater scholarship, considered the leading award in Mathematics, Science and Engineering. He was the first student in HCCC history, and only the second New Jersey community college student, ever to become a Goldwater Scholar.

“Abderahim is not only an exceptional scholar, he is an extraordinary human being who is deeply committed to serving and assisting the people of Hudson County,” HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber said. “As a PTK member, he has been involved in several programs and events to benefit the community, and during the past several weeks he produced 3-D-printed face shields for local health workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic battle.”

An Algerian immigrant motivated to pursue his passion for technology, Mr. Salhi received his Associate in Science (A.S.) in Computer Science from HCCC in May 2019. He is currently working on his second degree at HCCC, an Associate in Science in Mathematics, and is serving a one-year term as the Student Alumni Representative to the HCCC Board of Trustees. He plans to earn his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Mathematics and pursue a career as part of a world-class academic research team.

During his time as a student at HCCC, Mr. Salhi exemplified a commitment to academic excellence. He is a 2018 PTK Pearson Scholar, 2019 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar, 2019 Hites Transfer Scholar, 2019 All-USA Academic Team member, and a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar.