Brookhaven’s Nelson named Coca-Cola Silver Scholar

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Kortne Nelson of Brookhaven, a Copiah-Lincoln Community College student, has been named a 2024 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar, and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Foundation president Jane Hale Hopkins. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s global community leaders.”

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Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.

Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies. They will also be recognized internationally during PTK Catalyst, the honor society’s annual convention, in Florida in April.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said PTK CEO and president, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards $3.55 million in scholarships annually to more than 1,400 college students through three nationally-recognized programs. PTK is made up of more than 3.8 million members in nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries.