Kellogg Community College student Olivia Ogden, of Angola, Ind., has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar by the international Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Ogden, a second-year student pursing an Associate in Arts degree at KCC, is one of just 207 Phi Theta Kappa members chosen for the scholarship award out of more than 1,100 applicants worldwide. Selected by independent judges on factors including scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential, each Leaders of Promise Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship to further his or her studies at the associate degree level.
Funding for the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarships are provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, said the scholarships not only aid college completion, but “provide students with the opportunity to engage in PTK 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,” Rieves said. “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, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education, with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually. Students in the organization must have completed 12 or more semester hours with a 3.5 or higher grade point average (GPA).
For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at KCC, visit www.kellogg.edu/phi-theta-kappa.
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