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LaToya Johnson Named Coca-Cola Scholar

March 16, 2012

LaToya Johnson a student at Coffeyville Community College has been named a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. Latoya Johnson graduated from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville. She is the daughter of Brishawn Johnson and the late Floyd Johnson.

Johnson has declared a nursing major and plans to transfer to either Baker University or Emporia State University to complete her degree. In addition to serving the Eta Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa as Vice-President of Fellowship, Latoya is on the women's track and field team where she throws the hammer, weight, and shot put. Johnson is also employed at Quest. 

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 $187,500 in scholarships annually. Silver Scholars each receive a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars will be listed in an April 23rd issue of the USA TODAY newspaper.

“Latoya is the first international Coca-Cola Scholar that we have had in several years and she is certainly very deserving of the award,” said CCC President Linda Moley.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive local recognition during ceremonies held on campus.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

“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 1,280 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 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.