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Kern Named to Coca-Cola Academic Team

Morgan KernWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College student Morgan Kern has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.

A Greenville resident, Kern will graduate from PCC next month with an associate degree in medical sonography.

Kern, who is a Wisconsin native, was PCC’s nominee for the prestigious Robert W. Scott Leadership Award this year. She has been a PCC Student Ambassador in each of her three years at the college, including one year as the group’s president.

With a 4.0 grade point average, Kern was one of 50 Pitt students honored this spring during the annual Academic Excellence Awards. During the ceremony, she was one of two students to receive a President’s Award worth $500.

Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze scholars, and providing nearly $187,500 in stipends annually.

Kern and her fellow Gold Scholars will each receive a $1,500-stipend and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars will be listed in the April 11 issue of USA Today.

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 37 states. Student scholars also receive local recognition during ceremonies on campus.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. 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, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,270 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, 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 2.5million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually.


04/07/2011