Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Awarded Nearly $200,000 in Scholarships

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Jackson, MS – Miami Dade College student Melisa Seda attends college full-time while serving as a caregiver for her mother and working two jobs to help sustain her family.

Members of the Coca-Cola Academic Team are pictured at Nerd Nation 2014 with Mark Davis (back right).

With a cumulative grade point average of 3.92, she is actively is engaged in Phi Theta Kappa, Rotaract and other organizations. She also volunteers her time to package meals for the homeless.

Seda said her relationship with her younger brother, who is autistic, has inspired and motivated her to one day open a holistic mental health center and conduct research on autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

Now a $1,500 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has moved her one step closer to her achieving that dream.

Seda was one of 150 community college students nationwide to be recognized as members of the 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. 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 $200,000 in scholarships annually.

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 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on community college campuses and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit up to 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.

Each Gold Scholar receives a $1,500 scholarship, each Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship, and each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars receive commemorative medallions.

“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 and CEO 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.”

View a list of the 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars online.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, 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. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.