JCJC’s Kiana McFadden named Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2016-03-14 15:10:18

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College sophomore from Waynesboro, Kiana McFadden was one of fifty students to be named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team 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 Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.

“It is astounding to me that I was one of the fifty selected and I feel very honored that the Coca-Cola organization has chosen me as one of the recipients for this award,” said the physics and environmental law major. “More than 1,900 people submitted an application and only fifty were selected as a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.” 

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during the All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. McFadden was one of two finalists chosen from JCJC students in the fall recommended for numerous PTK scholarships as an Academic All-State nominee.  The PTK member and PTK VP of Leadership manages a busy schedule at JCJC.  She is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, a member of the marching band and saxophone quartet, along with volunteering as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, chemistry tutor, and helping at numerous events like the campus Voter Registration Drive and the Student Council Workshop at JCJC.  Her goal is to become an environmental lawyer for government agencies like NOAA or NASA. Being selected as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar is a major financial blessing.

“Upon entering college, I had a goal: to not have my parents pay for college.  I wanted to be the best student I could be in order to earn scholarships. Being a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar recipient means that this scholarship is an amount that they do not have to pay towards my education,” said McFadden.

Mississippi’s student scholars will be recognized at the Capitol March 22, 2016 and at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in April.

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

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.

“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, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually. 


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