Phipps named 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholars

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Article Image Alt Text

(Courtesy photo) Emmalith Phipps

FROM KELSI GAMBILL, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST, UCAM — Emmalith Phipps and Noah Thomas, students from City College at Montana State University Billings, are two of this year’s Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholars. Both join 207 fellow Phi Theta Kappa members from across the nation and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Phipps, who is from Reed Point, is pursuing her paramedic degree at City College and will be a sophomore this fall.

Phipps plans to bring her degree back to her local department, Sweet Grass County Ambulance. Her education endeavors will continue as Phipps pursues her bachelor’s degree in a science or business field alongside Emergency Medical Services (EMS) credentials and certifications.

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 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 U.S. 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 nations’ colleges. Learn more at ptk.org.