Overall Named 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Overall Named 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Landon Overall, Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise ScholarLandon Overall from Carteret Community College is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members across the nation named a 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.

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 700 applications were received.

“When I received notice that I was a scholar recipient, it was like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders,” said Landon Overall, Carteret Community College PTK member and rising sophomore. “Not having to worry about educational expenses will allow me to focus on my studies. I am extremely grateful.” Landon is a homeschooled, dual-enrolled student working towards his Associate’s in Science. After completing his associate degree, he plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s in mathematics and computer science.

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,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to 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,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “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.”

Earlier this year, the PTK chapter at Carteret CC achieved Five Star Chapter status for the first time in chapter history. This was a huge accomplishment showcasing the chapter’s high level of student engagement. Students interested in PTK membership should contact the Carteret CC chapter at ptk@carteret.edu.

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