Lori Kelley Named 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise


Lori Kelley from University of Arkansas Cossatot is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 1,000 applications were received.

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 U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

Kelley is majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Cossatot. Originally from San Antonio, she has been in Arkansas since 1991 and currently resides in Murfreesboro

She says, “I want to counsel and assist those that are bound by addictions, to help them learn life skills and encourage them to be successful.”

“I am proud of taking advantage of the opportunity of earning a higher education. I was intimidated at first, but I have met some amazing professors and friends along the way.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

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