Northeast State student Emmaline Bragg of Bristol, Va., has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2014 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar.
Bragg was one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members awarded a total of $207,000 in scholarships. Chosen from more than 900 applications worldwide, the scholars receive scholarships to further their associate degree studies. Independent judges evaluate the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.
“You always try your best, but you sometimes wonder how you are doing compared to others,” Bragg said. “To win the scholarship made me feel really accomplished and gave me validation.”
Bragg is a social work/sociology major, planning to transfer to ETSU in fall 2015. Her career goal is to work with children in a social work setting.
In addition to her position as secretary/treasurer for the Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, she is vice president of the Scholars Foundation, a member of the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success, and a member of the President’s Student Advisory Council. She previously held the SunTrust Foundation Endowed Scholarship.
Bragg said she plans to apply for ETSU’s Midway Scholarship and eventually get involved in several of the university’s organizations.
“The organizations at Northeast State have really pushed me – not only to make me a good applicant and have good things on my resume, but also to help me integrate myself into school, meet new people, and develop new skills,” she said. “I think it’s really crucial for success and I hope to continue that at ETSU.”
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.
“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 more deserving students to achieve their educational goals. Phi Theta Kappa members are proven scholars, engaged students who want to use their abilities to make a difference. In designating $200,000 for Leaders of Promise, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supporting tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, 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 132,000 students inducted annually.