Cleveland State Students Receive Coca-Cola Scholarships

Cleveland State Students Receive Coca-Cola Scholarships

Holly Vincent
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:36 PM
Students, All

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - CSCC students Bryan Hidalgo and Anna McDade have been selected as 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars. Hidalgo was the recipient of the Silver Scholar award receiving a scholarship disbursement of $1,250 and a silver medallion, while McDade was the recipient of the Bronze Scholar award receiving a scholarship disbursement of $1,000 and a bronze medallion.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Selection for Coca-Cola Scholars was based on scores the students earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,900 applications were received this year. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

“It was exciting to be chosen for this scholarship, stated Hidalgo. “My advisor, Karen Dale, told me about it and assisted me in filling out the application which really helped a lot. I like being involved with PTK. It has helped me to develop strong leadership skills, and I also enjoy helping with all of our service projects.” (Hidalgo plans to major in Computer Information Technology, but is undecided where he will transfer after CSCC.)

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.
Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

McDade said, “Our advisors explained to us where we could find information on scholarships. Holly Shiveley and Larry Burns looked over my application and provided me with feedback. They have really helped me to overcome obstacles and stay grounded and focused.”

McDade continued, “I have really enjoyed being involved in PTK, especially getting to know people from all different walks of life and learning about the four hallmarks of PTK—fellowship, scholarship, leadership and service.” (McDade is planning to attend Tennessee Tech University after CSCC and major in Biology.)

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees.”
“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”
About Phi Theta Kappa:
Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

Bryan Hidalgo
Bryan Hidalgo

Anna McDade
Anna McDade


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