Chelsea Rollins Named 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar

ChelseaRollinsChelsea Rollins had to overcome her pre-conceived notions about college when she entered West Kentucky Community and Technical College as a freshman. Nearly two years later, with a two-year associate degree from WKCTC soon to be in her hand, Rollins is glad she took that leap of faith in herself.

Rollins, a Heath High School graduate, has been named a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. 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. Silver Scholars each receive a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.

“Receiving this award is such an honor and personal achievement for me as a student at WKCTC,” Rollins said. “I am truly flattered and am also grateful for the scholarship that I have received that will help fund my college education and advance me further towards completing my four-year degree.”

Rollins, the daughter of Joseph and Lucretia Cates, and David Rollins, all of Paducah, serves as the student government president at WKCTC and is the student representative on the WKCTC Board of Directors. A Phi Theta Kappa member, Rollins volunteers at the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Paducah. She expects to graduate in May and has been accepted to Murray State University for the fall 2014.

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. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.