MONTPELIER, Vt. — Community College of Vermont (CCV) student Stephanie Reed is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members named a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Reed is a student at CCV’s Rutland academic center, and plans to transfer to Castleton University after completing her associate degree in liberal studies. “I am very grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of the Leaders of Promise Scholarship,” she said. “This award will aid in my educational aspirations of finishing my associate degree prior to attaining a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree. This scholarship will also assist in my ultimate goal of working in a labor and delivery unit.”

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 applications were received.

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.

“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.”

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