CRANFORD – Union County College students Isabel Castillo of Elizabeth, David Valle of Linden, and Brandan Williams of Plainfield, have each been named as Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars and will each receive $1,000 scholarships.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members offset educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to take on leadership roles in PTK programs and are chosen based on their scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 1,200 applications were received this year.

“We are very proud of our PTK Coca-Cola Scholars. They are college leaders today and will be community and business leaders in the future,” stated Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “As members of PTK and their commitment to volunteer service, they continue to fulfill the College’s mission of transforming the community…one student at a time.”

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The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provided $207,000 for scholarship awards. Of this amount, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provided $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 dedicated for veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount was supported by donations to the PTK Foundation and provided seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships for international students.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, Executive Vice President and President-Elect 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.”

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid with college completion, but also give students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and become future leaders in their communities.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two year colleges and universities. The honor society recognizes the academic achievement of community college students and helps them to grow as scholars and leaders. PTK is made up of more than 3 million members and has nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

For more information about Union County College, go to www.ucc.edu.