Derya Demirtas, a student at Sussex County Community College, has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. She is the only student from New Jersey to be named a Gold 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 Gold Scholar receives a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion.
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 recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.
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.
In commenting on the award College President, Dr. Paul Mazur said, “We are extremely proud of Derya being named the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. Not only is she an outstanding student who maintains a 4.0 GPA she is also involved as a leader in numerous campus activities, community service and service learning projects.” With the Ivy League represented among her top-tier four-year college transfer choices, Derya represents the finest expression of the SCCC college motto…start here, go anywhere.