Tyler Junior College student Madison Jantzen is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Jantzen is a sophomore education major from Frisco. She is a member of TJC’s Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa as well as the Apache Belles and serves as Apache Belles chaplain. She also works in the TJC Student Life Office. After graduating from TJC, she plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Tyler and pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.
The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship program helps new PTK members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Nearly 1,000 applications were received.
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 Leaders of Promise Global 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 J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, 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 develop leadership skills.
“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.”
PTK is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at www.ptk.org .