Motlow’s Brandy Brown receives Coca-Cola scholarship through Phi Theta Kappa

 Brandy Brown, a sophomore at Motlow State Community College, was recently named a Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Brandy, from Hillsboro, is one of only 207 PTK sophomores nationwide to receive the award.

Brandy Brown, a sophomore at Motlow State Community College, was recently named a Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Brandy, from Hillsboro, is one of only 207 PTK sophomores nationwide to receive the award.

Being a student at Motlow State Community College, and an active member of the Alpha Xi Pi chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), can literally pay dividends.

Brandy Brown, a sophomore from Hillsboro, was recently selected as a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and received a $1,000 scholarship. She is one of 207 PTK members nationwide to receive the award.

“Winning this scholarship meant a lot to me,” said Brown. “Though I am a Tennessee Promise student, paying for some things for college, such as books, has been quite the struggle, working at a fast-food job. Being chosen to receive such an amazing award shows me that hard work and dedication do get you to good places in life.”

Brown is attending Motlow at the Moore County campus, pursing her Associate of Science degree in psychology. Her plans include getting her bachelor’s degree at Tennessee Tech and eventually her PhD in psychology.

Winning this scholarship meant a lot to me. Though I am a Tennessee Promise student, paying for some things for college, such as books, has been quite the struggle, working at a fast-food job. Being chosen to receive such an amazing award shows me that hard work and dedication do get you to good places in life.
— Brandy Brown

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new PTK 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. More than 1,200 applications were received.

Brandy typifies the college student who is getting the most of their collegiate experience by stepping forward into extra-curricular activities and leadership roles, as well as performing very well academically. Besides involvement in PTK, she serves as the Secretary of Marketing in the Motlow Student Government Association (SGA), and is a member of Psi Beta, a scholastic honor society that recognizes academic achievement among students in the field of psychology at two-year colleges.

“Being a part of different organizations benefits me by showing that I can do anything I put my mind to, and they simply make me a better leader. Being a leader is my passion, and at the end of the day, I am very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful college (Motlow) and these organizations. PTK and my other clubs/organizations offer a huge support system for me, and allow me to develop life-long friendships.”

A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. 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 seven Global Leaders of Promise 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 Jane Hale Hopkins, Executive Vice President and President-Elect of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more about PTK at Motlow.