CCAC student named 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

CCAC student Qingqing ZhaoPITTSBURGH-Community College of Allegheny County student Qingqing Zhao of Cheswick is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society members named as a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and, as such, will receive a $1,000 scholarship. A dual enrollment student, Zhao is a junior at Shady Side Academy Senior School. She is pursuing an Associate of Science in Business Management at CCAC, where she is taking General Chemistry 1 and Differential Equations courses this semester.

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 also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in honor society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential. More than 1,200 applications were received.

"The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges," said Jane Hale Hopkins, executive vice president and president-elect of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, making it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow's leaders of the global community."

"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 honor society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

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