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CCAC student named Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar

CCAC student Jennifer Sayre PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County student Jennifer Sayre, of Beaver, has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion. Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators, and selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service. 

“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 and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Although her information technology education started in high school, Sayre detoured to start her career before pursuing a degree. After the better part of a decade as an information technology professional, she enrolled at CCAC in May 2019 to round out her skillset. Professionally, she is employed full time as a systems analyst with Armstrong Group where she designs solutions for enterprise opportunities and leads project teams through implementation and delivery. On a volunteer basis, she provides event and project planning services to several online communities. 

“I was delighted to learn that I was named as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar,” said Sayre. “For more than 30 years via their Scholars Foundation, Coca-Cola has supported the education of high-achieving students and leaders in our communities who demonstrate a thirst for knowledge and desire to make a positive impact. As both a STEM professional and a nontraditional, first-generation college student, I am excited and proud to be part of that legacy.”

Using summer semester and CLEP exams to her advantage, Sayre graduated with an Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems in December 2020. After a few additional courses with CCAC, she will transfer to California University of Pennsylvania in the fall to earn her bachelor’s in the same major. Her education will support her transition into a formal leadership role within IT where she will develop and mentor others, and she hopes to serve as a positive role model for women considering IT and STEM careers.

Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, to be held virtually April 8–10.  

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career 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 nation’s colleges. Learn more at ptk.org.