Two CAC Students Named Coca-Cola Scholars

By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing

Two Central Arizona College students were recently named 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team scholars. David Rowlands, a student at the Aravaipa Campus, has been named a Gold Scholar and Nathaniel Bush, who attends the Superstition Mountain Campus has been selected as a Silver Scholar.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Gold Scholar receives a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion and each Silver Scholar will receive a $1,250 scholarship and silver medallion.

This announcement comes on the heels of both Rowlands’s and Bush’s selection to the All-Arizona Academic First Team last month.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Academic Team scholars during the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention slated for April 16 through 18 in San Antonio, Texas.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit two nominations per campus for this award. An indpendent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

Bush, holds a 4.0 grade point average and plans to transfer to Arizona State University to pursue a liberal arts degree. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, Bush has served as Vice President of the college project and publicity coordinator for the Superstition Mountain Student Leadership Organization. His career goal is to “help those who have lost themselves to find themselves again.” He was named the Outstanding first year student for CAC for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Rowlands, a resident from San Manuel, AZ holds a 3.92 grade point average. He has been on the dean’s list for four consecutive semesters, and was named outstanding general science student in spring 2014 for the Aravaipa Campus and Outstanding First Year Student in spring 2013. In addition to his work with Phi Theta Kappa on campus, Rowlands volunteers at the San Manuel Library and San Manuel Rotary Club. He plans to transfer to the University of Arizona to become a biotechnology researcher.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. “Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees.”

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

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.



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