SWTJC Uvalde student earns Coca-Cola scholarship

Email this article 03/19/2014

George MelchorGeorge Melchor, a student at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, has been named a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. As a Gold scholar, Melchor receives a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the academic team by recognizing 50 gold, 50 silver and 50 bronze scholars and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola academic team program and recognizes scholars selected during recognition ceremonies held in 38 states.

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 selecting members to the academic team.

“George is an outstanding student and active member of Phi Theta Kappa,” said Barbara Blair, Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “I congratulate him for receiving this prestigious award.”

In a press release announcing this year’s academic team scholars, Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa thanked the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their continued support of community college students.

“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,” Dr. Risley said.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, MS, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year community college campus in all 50 states, as well as other countries around the world.

More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since Phi Theta Kappa’s founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

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