CLC student receives Phi Theta Kappa scholarship

Central Lakes College student Samantha Mrazek is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members across the country named a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential. Nearly 900 students applied.

“Samantha is an extremely hardworking student and is completely deserving of this scholarship. We are so proud of what she has accomplished,” stated Kate Porter, CLC English instructor and PTK adviser, in a news release.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society with more than 1,250 chapters throughout the country.

A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.


“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” stated Jane Hale Hopkins, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, in the release. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” stated Monica Marlowe, executive director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, in the release. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

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