Comer was one of 150 community college students recognized by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service as determined by participating community college presidents (or their designated nominators) and an independent panel of judges.
The 150 scholarship winners were divided into three categories—50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars—and awarded a share of the nearly $200,000 in scholarship money provided by Coca-Cola, as well as a special medallion commemorating the event. Gold Scholars received a $1,500 scholarship, Silver Scholars received a $1,250 scholarship, and Bronze Scholars received a $1,000 scholarship.
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.
Comer was excited and gratified for the recognition by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa and LSC-Tomball. "I am really grateful for the opportunities that being involved in Phi Theta Kappa has provided for me. So many doors have been opened for me through new opportunities because of LSC-Tomball and my involvement in Phi Theta Kappa."
LSC-Tomball English professor and Phi Theta Kappa faculty sponsor John “Bo” Rollins also took pride in Comer’s achievement. “Marilyn is not only an amazing student, but she is an amazing person. Her gracious leadership has led our chapter and the Texas Region to some spectacular successes. I am pleased that the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa have recognized her in this way. I have no doubt that we will see even greater things from her in the future.”
“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence 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 to achieve their educational goals.”
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