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MDC Students Named 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars

The three honor students were also named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All Florida Academic Team
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Miami, April 3, 2012 - Three Miami Dade College (MDC) students have been named as 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars.

Both Nikol Limaduran (InterAmerican Campus) and Marcela Bermudez (North Campus) were named Coca-Cola Silver Scholars and will each receive a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion. Kendall Campus’ Julieth Ochoa was named a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar, and will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion. 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $187,500 in scholarships annually. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars will be listed in an April 23 issue of the USA TODAY newspaper.

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. 

All three were also named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All Florida Academic Team and will be among several honorees during an awards ceremony in Orlando at Valencia College’s West Campus on Thursday, April 5

Community college presidents or their designated nominators were allowed to submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process. 

“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.” 

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. 

“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.”

MDC students have a long history of shining in the Coca-Cola scholarship awards.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist




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