Two Delaware County Community College Students Named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars to Receive $1,000 scholarships
(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • August 29, 2022)—Steven Feeney of Toughkenamon and Amber Riley of Exton are two of 207 students nationally who were recently named 2022 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars. Each of the two Chester County students will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Feeney and Riley are members of Beta Psi Pi, Delaware County Community College’s Chester County Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society of associate degree-granting colleges. Feeney is a Communication Arts major studying for an Associate in Arts. Riley is a Science for Health Professions major studying for an Associate in Science. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps scholars defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. This year’s scholars were selected from more than 1,300 applicants by a panel of independent judges. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in society programs and are selected based on outstanding scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.
“We are proud to have had not one but two students, Steven and Amber, named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars this year. It is an outstanding accomplishment and we look forward to the impact their leadership and service will have on the College and on the communities in which they live,” said Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black.
A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.
“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “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 leaders of the global community.” The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities. “Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, executive director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”