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PCC student named 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar

Published Friday, March 28, 2014
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Michael Chaney, a student at Piedmont Community College (PCC), has been named a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. He will be awarded a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.

Chaney received an Associate in Applied Science degree from PCC in May 2013 and will be awarded an Associate in Arts transfer degree this May. He plans to continue his education at a four-year school and major in political science and philosophy. His goal is to become an attorney or a judge.

At PCC, Chaney has served as Vice President of the Student Government Association and Vice President of the Alpha Upsilon Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. He is a member of the College’s National Society of Leadership and Success. He was PCC’s nominee for the North Carolina Community College System’s Gov. Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award.

Chaney also has been active in 4-H programs, including the Person County Teen Court program for over five years. He has over 350 hours of service as a teen attorney and currently as a judge for the teen court. He also current serves as State 4-H Council Vice President and was North Central District 4-H President last year.

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 $200,000 in scholarships annually.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Academic Team scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit 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.”

“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.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.