Northeast State student Nikki Sumner of Kingsport has been named a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. She will receive a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.
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.
“I was ecstatic when I got the news,” said Sumner, a Sullivan North High School graduate. “This is very helpful for me – I don’t have to worry about working so much and can focus on school,” Sumner said.
Sumner is a nursing major, planning to transfer to ETSU in fall 2014. Her career goal is to work as an operating room registered nurse and eventually become a physician’s assistant. In addition to her position as secretary/treasurer for the Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, she is the administrative liaison for the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success; secretary of the Green’s Club; a member of the Northeast State President’s Student Advisory Council; and a member of the Scholars Foundation. She also holds the Academic Work Scholarship.
“To be recognized this way makes me feel really good and humbled,” Sumner said. “Getting this award helps me clarify that I’m doing the right things and that I am capable of achieving even more things in the future.”
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.
More than 1,700 students were nominated from more than 900 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. A total of 51 students received the honor.
Sumner will be recognized during the Parade of Scholars at the Second General Session of the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., April 25 and at a special reception for Phi Theta Kappa Scholars later that same day.
In addition, Sumner was recently named to the All-Tennessee Academic Team. The All-Tennessee Academic Team is comprised of students nominated by their colleges to be considered for the All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Each of the state’s 13 community colleges selects two outstanding students to recognize for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community.
“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Dr. Rod Risly, Phi Theta Kappa’s executive director. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible – especially during these challenging economic times.”
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses around the world. Nearly three million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.