Hannah Kincheloe of Waldo, a student at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar. Only one student per state is chosen for this prestigious award, by achieving the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Hannah received a $2,000 scholarship and was recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 24 during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention. Kincheloe is graduating with a degree in Medical Office Management and has a 4.0-grade point average.
“The UofA Hope-Texarkana family is extremely proud of Hannah. Her recognition as Arkansas’s 2017 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar is an accomplishment that she earned through her tireless commitment to her education, family, and community. Her talent in the classroom is only overwhelmed by her energy to use her education to make a difference,” said Chris Thomason, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Chancellor.
The New Century Scholars program, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the AACC, shares a common application with the All-USA Community College Academic Team program, which recognizes outstanding community college students.
More than 1,800 students were nominated for recognition from more than 1,000 community colleges. Judges consider academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.