CCAC student Shailja Patel Named Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar
PITTSBURGH-Shailja Patel, a student at Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus, has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. Patel earned an Associate of Science in Math and Science at CCAC in 2017, and she will graduate in May with an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as a CCAC Honors degree. She resides on Pittsburgh's North Side.
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.
"We are extremely proud of Shailja's award. She is one of our most dynamic and gifted student leaders," said Dr. Evon Walters, president of CCAC's Allegheny Campus and Homewood-Brushton Center.
"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."
Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service. Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during the Phi Theta Kappa annual convention, PTK Catalyst, April 19-21 in Kansas City, Mo.
"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 community college students 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 nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.