KCC Gold Key Scholars win awards from PTK Honor Society

Abigail Boyer and Tristen Rivera

Two Kellogg Community College Gold Key Scholar sophomores this month were awarded prestigious honors from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Abigail Boyer, a Lakeview High School graduate from Battle Creek, and Tristen Rivera, an Athens Jr./Sr. High School graduate from Athens, were named to the PTK’s 2020 All-Michigan Academic Team and honored by the PTK and Michigan Community College Association during an All-Michigan Academic Team Awards Program and Luncheon March 9 in East Lansing.

All-Michigan Academic Team award recipients are nominated by their host colleges on the basis of academic achievement, community service involvement and demonstrated leadership. Nomination also qualifies recipients to apply for the PTK’s All-USA Academic Team, which provides additional scholarships and educational opportunities to members.

In addition to her All-Michigan Academic Team award, Boyer was named a 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The Coca-Cola Academic Team program recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

Boyer will graduate from KCC this spring and plans to transfer to Western Michigan University this fall to pursue a degree in chemical engineering, focusing on energy management and pollution control.

In addition to his All-Michigan Academic Team award, Rivera was awarded a $1,250 2020 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, which recognizes the most outstanding workforce-bound student from each state.

Rivera will graduate from KCC’s Police Academy this spring and is currently a cadet with Kalamazoo Public Safety.

Both Boyer and Rivera are also recipients of the KCC Foundation’s Gold Key Scholarship, which is the College’s most prestigious scholarship.

About Phi Theta Kappa

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 honor society is made up of more than 3.5 million members from nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries. For more information, visit www.ptk.org.

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