VC student named 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team silver scholar
March 30, 2014 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated March 29, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.
Marisela Campos, a Victoria College student, is the 2014 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 almost $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each silver scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.
To be selected, two students from each campus must be nominated by their community college president or their designated nominators. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, GPA, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.
Campos is president of VC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and acknowledges chapter leaders as instrumental in helping her achieve the silver scholar award.
"The officer team of our chapter, Zeta Gamma, has been able to accomplish so much this year, and without them, I would be completely lost," Campos said. "I also thank my family and friends for encouraging me to continue my education because they knew this is where I belonged."
She also credits her mentors - VC history professor Ann Kapp, mathematics professor and past Phi Theta Kappa adviser Matt Wiley and VC student Toni Marek, who was also nominated for the award - for their encouragement and academic assistance.
Campos plans to study communications after graduating from VC. She has applied to several schools but hopes to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin.
"Marisela is a talented student who works hard both in her studies and as a campus leader," Wiley said. "She is the current chapter president of the Zeta Gamma chapter of PTK and, in that role, has worked extensively to keep the chapter's five-star rating and to build campus and community support for the chapter's goals. She exemplifies the society's hallmarks of fellowship, leadership, service and scholarship."
Phi Theta Kappa will recognize Campos and other 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars at this year's annual convention, April 24-26, in Orlando, Fla. She and other scholars were also recognized at a March 28 ceremony at UT at Austin, where she received her medallion and scholarship.
Fellow members of the chapter will join Campos at the annual convention in Orlando.
"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."
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the U.S., as well as 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. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with some 131,000 students inducted annually.