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Coca-Cola Honors Lone Star College-University Park Scholar

(Houston, TX) The Coca-Cola Academic Team has named Lone Star College-University Park student Christina Ware as a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar. Ware is one of only 50 students nationwide to be named a Gold Scholar.

The Coca-Cola Academic Team program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Coca-Cola Academic Scholars will be honored during Phi Theta Kappa's annual convention, PTK Catalyst, April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.

In addition to recognizing 50 Gold Scholars each year, the Coca-Cola Academic Team also annually recognizes 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships. Students are nominated by their college administrators and are selected based on outstanding academic rigor, leadership achievements and engagement in college and community service.

"We are very proud of Christina and thrilled she was recognized as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar," said Dr. Shah Ardalan, LSC-University Park president. "Her hard work at LSC-University Park and with Phi Theta Kappa will take her far. Scholarships like these are integral to the success of students reaching their graduation and career goals, which ultimately builds a stronger community."

Ware will earn her Associate of Arts degree with highest honors from LSC-University Park in May. She is a member of the Beta Upsilon Nu Chapter of PTK at LSC-University Park and also actively volunteers with the Honors College. She plans to matriculate to a four-year university to earn a bachelor's degree with an emphasis on social policy and mathematics.

"I'm very thankful to God that I have won this award," said Ware. "I believe that my diligence in college has been rewarded. My passion for learning and research as well as my volunteering service through the Honors College and other outreach organizations has made my application stand out."

In addition to the Coca-Cola honor, she won the AP Capstone Award this year and last year and participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York.

Ware's success and that of thousands of other students bear testament to the value and return on investment of modern community colleges.

LSC-University Park offers students an affordable option for postsecondary studies in state-of-the-art facilities that demonstrate the college's culture of innovation. Learn more at LoneStar.edu/UP.



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