Brianna Crockett, an accounting student at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
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 encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. More than 900 applications were received.
A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.
“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 to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”
The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society 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,” 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.”
This is not the first time a student at Lake Superior College is being recognized for this national honor. In 2019, then LSC student Keeley Zirkler also received this prestigious award.
Furthermore, this is not the only scholarship Brianna Crockett has received this year. She was also selected to receive the Maurices Women in Business Scholarship from the Lake Superior College Foundation, also in the amount of $1,000. She was one of over 100 current or incoming students to receive a scholarship from the LSC Foundation for the 2021/22 academic year. The LSC Foundation awards over $250,000 in scholarships, grants and emergency loans annually. That funding is made possible thanks to generous contributions from community partners and organizations, like Maurices, and individual donors who help fund scholarships opportunities for students at LSC through the LSC Foundation.
“As a part-time student working a full-time job during the school year, it can be challenging to balance time between the two. But, LSC's supportive environment and accommodating online accounting program makes it easy to do both,” said student Brianna Crockett. “I have been attending LSC part-time for four semesters and I have loved my accounting classes and professors. They are knowledgeable, readily available to answer my questions, and offer clear and engaging assignments. I am also incredibly honored to have received the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar award and the Maurices Women in Business Scholarship through the LSC Foundation. Both of these scholarships are a huge help in paying for tuition and books and allow me to continue online courses. I am excited to return to Lake Superior College in the fall!”