Western Nevada College student Samantha Hoover made the grade to become a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. That membership enabled her to compete for and win a $1,000 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship to further her education.
â€œI was beyond elated and surprised that I had been chosen,â€ she said. â€œHow thankful I am to have been selected for such an incredible scholarship as the Coca-Cola Scholarship of Promise,â€ said Hoover, who is also a student worker at the Carson City Campus.
Hoover, however, plans to postpone using the scholarship in order to serve her religious faith, helping guide children to become respectable and responsible adults.
Starting the first week of 2016, Hoover will begin volunteering to work with kindergarten through eighth-grade children five days a week her church in Carson City.
â€œBy taking care of the children through this free after-school kids program, the children will be able to grow in a fun, loving and learning environment where they are safe from too much idle time without supervision,â€ Hoover said.
â€œSamantha is a deserving recipient with admirable qualities,â€ said Lauren Stevens, an adviser for WNCâ€™s PTK Honor Society. â€œSamantha is intelligent, genuine, strong and big-hearted. I’m so pleased she was selected.â€
Hoover has five years to use the $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Foundation awards 200 scholarships annually from an applicant pool of 1,100 students. Independent judges evaluate studentsâ€™ applications and determine scholarship recipients based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.
“We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals,â€ said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. â€œPhi Theta Kappa members are proven scholars, engaged students who want to use their abilities to make a difference. In designating $200,000 for Leaders of Promise, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supporting tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”
â€œResearch shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,â€ said Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. â€œThe Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isnâ€™t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.â€