EDISON, NJ - East Brunswick's Katsiaryna Sikorskaya, a student at Middlesex County College, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2017 National Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in Associate Degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential. Nearly 1,000 applications were received.
“Kat has been an active member of our chapter, which shows her passion for contributing to the betterment of the College community and her fellow students beyond the classroom walls,” said Charlotte Quigley, MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “For the 2017-2018 academic year, she has been elected co-president based on her service to the chapter over the past year. As president, Kat’s focus is on scholarly learning, which is shown in her creation of a community service project to pair two of her passions: a toy drive to benefit a local children’s hospital with a musical event that – as her research has discovered – could potentially reduce stress in fellow students who donate a toy. I am so happy she is receiving this scholarship and I’m so proud of her.”
Ms. Quigley said Ms. Sikorskaya had also been active in Democracy House, the College’s service learning program, as well as the History and Philosophy Honor Society, in which she won first place in an essay contest.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.
“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, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”