Calhoun Students Awarded National PTK - Coca-Cola Scholarships


Three Calhoun Community College students were among the 180 students selected nationwide as recipients of the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship. 

According to Calhoun President Dr. Marilyn Beck, the three Calhoun students selected to receive the scholarship are Tessa Lovvorn, Megan Sexton, and Tucker Watts.  All are current members of Calhoun’s Sigma Lambda PTK chapter.  Each will receive an award of $1,000 to help defray their educational expenses at while Calhoun.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Lovvorn is majoring in Economics and currently holds an impressive 4.0 grade point average.  Her extracurricular activities include volunteering her time as a tutor and with The Greater Humane Society and Partners of the Americas.
Sexton is a native of Forrest Lake, Minnesota. Also holding a 4.0 GPA, she is taking classes toward a double major in Mathematics and Accounting at Calhoun.  When talking about how she spends her time outside of the classroom, Sexton says, “I have a six year old daughter, September, so I don’t really have time for extra anything, unless it's something she wants to do...that's what happens when you are a parent and a full-time student.”  

“But don't get me wrong, I would not trade that time with her for anything else. Quite honestly, if it were not for her I probably would not have come back to school or applied for this scholarship,” Sexton added.

A Huntsville native, Watts is pursuing a major in Cyber security and currently holds a 3.9 GPA at Calhoun.  When not in school or working, he enjoys playing guitar in his church’s praise band, where he also helps to teach Bible study.

“The purpose of the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program is to provide new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in Society programs,” commented Beck.  “We are so very proud of these three students for their outstanding academic records and their continued involvement with PTK,” Beck added.

Up to 180 scholarships of $1,000 each, a total of $180,000 in scholarships annually, are awarded based on applications submitted by members. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship is the Society's first scholarship program available to members to be used during the time they are enrolled in their community colleges.   According to the Phi Theta Kappa website, an independent team of judges reviews the applications to determine the scholarship recipients. 

The international honor society for two-year college students, the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold: 1) to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and (2) to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

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