Mount Wachusett Community College is pleased to announce Hannah Bennett and John Maron have been included among the 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars and will each 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 700 applications were received.
A resident of Phillipston, MA and 2019 graduate of Narragansett Regional High School, Bennett was inducted into PTK in May 2020 and is majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a heavy focus in social sciences.
Maron, of Bolton, MA, is a 1983 graduate of Bellingham High School and a first-generation college student majoring in Business Administration. He is the current treasurer of the MWCC PTK chapter and has been working with the group on their community service project to make facemasks for local organizations in need.
“Hannah and Jon are shining examples of the dedication to education and leadership exemplified by the Phi Theta Kappa society at MWCC,” stated Fagan Forhan, PTK Advisor and Assistant Dean of K-12 Partnerships and Civic Engagement. “We are so pleased to have their efforts highlighted with this award.”
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.”
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. Learn more at ptk.org.