TC Phi Theta Kappa wins state awards

Phi Theta Kappa award winners

Back Row – Daiyonna Smith, Mary Ellen Young, Rachel Crews; Front Row – Amy Mills, Elizabeth Elliot, Tajia Little

At the Phi Theta Kappa Texas Regional Convention in Houston, Texas, the first week of March, Texarkana College students Daiyonna Smith, Amy Mills, Tajia Little, and Rachel Crews were named to the District III Hall of Honor. Advisor Mary Ellen Young was named to the Texas Region Advisor Hall of Honor, and the chapter received the Award of Distinction for the College Project- Hispanic Outreach.

Also, out of the 88 chapters in Texas, Texarkana College was one of 18 chapters named as “Texas Top Chapter.”  This is the fourth year in a row that the Zeta Sigma Chapter has been named a Texas Top Chapter and the second time that Mary Ellen Young has been named to the Texas Region Advisor Hall of Honor.

In addition, Texarkana College Phi Theta Kappa chapter president, Daiyonna Smith, was named a recipient of the  prestigious 2014 Coca-Cola Gold Scholar Award. 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 $1500 scholarship and a special medallion.

 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Academic Team 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 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.

“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.”

“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 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 United States, 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. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.