Calhoun Students Named 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars


Calhoun Community College students Tina Cooley, Garrett Bosse, and LaJoy Johns have been named 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars. 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars nationally, and providing nearly $187,500 in annual scholarships. Students named  Coca-Cola scholars were selected from the more than 1,700 applications submitted this year.  Funding for the scholarships is provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and all Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars will be listed in an April 23rd issue of the USA TODAY newspaper.

Cooley has been selected as a Gold Scholar  and will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a special gold medallion. Bosse and Johns were both selected as Silver Scholars and will each receive a $1,250 scholarship and a special silver medallion.     

Additionally, Bosse has been selected as a prestigious Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Guistwhite Scholar, which carries with it a $5000 scholarship to facilitate completion of his baccalaureate degree.  Bosse is one of only 20 students selected from over 2,200 applications submitted nation-wide.  He will be recognized during a special reception on April 12, 2012, at PTK’s annual convention in Nashville.

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.  Calhoun’s student scholars receive local recognition during ceremonies to be held on campus during Honors Day  April 27, 2012.  The students will also be recognized during the All-Alabama Academic Team banquet, scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2012, in Montgomery.

“We are so excited and extremely proud to have three of our very outstanding student leaders recognized as Coca-Cola Scholars and as a Guistwhite Scholar this year,” commented Calhoun President Marilyn Beck.  “This recognition of Tina, Garrett and LaJoy adds to the growing list of Calhoun students who have been honored on the national level for their academic accomplishments,” Beck added.  

Community college presidents or their designated nominators submit nominations for the Coca-Cola Scholars awards.  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.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director 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.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.


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