Calhoun’s Conn Recognized as Alabama’s 2013 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar


Calhoun Community College  student Karen Conn is among the 50 community college students from the United States, Canada, and the Federated States of Micronesia to be named 2013 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of $100,000 in scholarships. The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, plus one student from Canada and one additional student chosen from among one of the remaining seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. Selection is based on the score earned by the students in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1800 applications were received this year. 

Each scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and plaque and will be presented on April 23, 2013, at the American Association of College Presidents (AACC) Convention in San Francisco.  New Century Scholars will also be recognized April 5-6 during the annual convention of Phi Theta Kappa to be held in San Jose, California.

A resident of Athens, Alabama, Conn is a Nursing student at Calhoun with a current GPA of 3.985.  She will graduate this May with her associate’s degree and plans to continue her education at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She aspires to be an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Recently recognized as a member of the 2013 All-Alabama Academic Team, Karen ‘s academic accomplishments have landed her on the President’s List in the Fall of 2010, Spring of 2011, and the Fall of 2012 at Calhoun.  She was also named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2012.
Karen is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, currently serving as president of Calhoun’s Sigma Lambda Chapter.  She is also an active member of the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA) chapter of Calhoun, where she serves at the Student Government Association Representative.
“I know I speak for the entire Calhoun family when I say how very proud we are of Karen’s accomplishments,” commented Calhoun President Marilyn Beck. “To be recognized as the top scoring student in Alabama is truly a significant achievement, and one for which Karen has worked very hard to earn,” Beck added.

The New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa, share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. More than 1,800 students were nominated from more than 800 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible – especially during these challenging economic times.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 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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