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WKCTC Student Named Coca-Cola Scholar

AmberLee Douglas, a student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, has been named a 2012 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 $187,500 in scholarships annually.

Douglas, 28, of Paducah, said she never imagined she would be as successful in college as she has been. Ive developed the confidence to know that I can do anything that I set my mind to do, she said. My goal overall at WKCTC is to graduate with honors, not only because of my grades, but also because of the honor that comes along with helping other students get that sense of belonging that I never knew existed until I got involved here.

A WKCTC student ambassador, Douglas was selected student of the month at the college in October 2011. She wants to gain an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice as well as an associate of arts degree.

What drives me to make good grades is not only to feel successful for myself, but to show all those who have helped guide me that they do make a difference! Douglas said.

Silver Scholars each receive a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars will be listed in an April 23rd issue of the USA TODAY newspaper.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College Scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states.

We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote ofconfidence 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 toachieve their educational goals.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, MS, is thelargest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the UnitedStates, 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.