Two St. Petersburg College students from the Tarpon Springs Campus were selected as 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars. They were chosen for outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential from more than 1,100 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society applicants worldwide. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the program, providing more than 200 students with the $1,000 scholarship.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges. Members must demonstrate honor and service to others and maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Courtney Ducharme is an A.A. student on the Tarpon Springs Campus, is the Vice President of Fellowship for the campus PTK chapter. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at SPC.
Gabriele Prause is a dual enrollment A.A. student on Tarpon Springs Campus and a member of the Alpha Zeta Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but provide students with the opportunity to engage in society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers. 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.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses worldwide. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918.