Motlow's Hollie Yokley receives Coca-Cola scholarship through Phi Theta Kappa
While the dollars that come from a scholarship typically mean a lot to a college student who is struggling to make ends meet, the intangible benefits of receiving an award can last a lifetime.
Hollie Yokley, a Motlow State Community College sophomore from McMinnville, was recently selected as a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and received a $1,000 scholarship. She is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members nationwide, and one of two Motlow sophomores this year, to receive the award.
“The Coca-Cola scholarship has helped me more than just financially. It is very helpful to have for my school books, because they can cost up to $600 a semester; but this scholarship has also boosted my self-confidence,” said Yokley. “When I was filling out the scholarship application, I never thought that I would actually be selected. Being from a small town, I was not really expecting to be noticed. When I found out that I had gotten the Coca-Cola scholarship, it made me realize that hard work does pay off, and that it doesn’t matter where you are from.”
Yokley is attending Motlow at the McMinnville campus, pursing her Associate of Science degree in biology. Her plans include getting her bachelor’s degree at Middle Tennessee State University in biochemistry and then studying to become either a physician’s assistant or a medical doctor.
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.
“PTK has had a tremendous impact on my character for the better,” she added. “When I first started in PTK I was not looking for much responsibility, but my amazing advisors always told me that I am capable of anything. I listened to them, and now I am president of PTK for the Motlow campuses. It has made me a much better leader and allowed me to learn how to deal with responsibilities. I learned that I do not have to accomplish everything on my own, and need to delegate to other members. I am also more outgoing than I used to be, and I participate in a lot more things.”
Hollie also recently received a biology award at Motlow, and often helps other students with their studies in a variety of subjects from English to math and science. Her hobbies include kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu, where she instructs women and children. She is also playing an active role in the startup of a Motlow McMinnville campus Rotoract club, which is a service-based student organization associated with the Rotary club.
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 at ptk.org.