Michael Navarro, a political science student at Brookhaven College, has been selected as one of 50 Silver Scholars in the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze scholars.
Silver scholars each receive a $1,250 stipend and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team scholars will be listed in the April 11 issue of USA TODAY. Navarro will earn his Associate in Arts from Brookhaven College and then plans to go on to study pre-law. Navarro serves vice president of the North Texas Phi Theta Kappa region. Working full-time, Navarro takes the majority of his courses online. He says his participation in PTK has given him a way to connect with the college, and it is through some of his connections with PTK that he hopes to find the school where he will study law. He also has enjoyed meeting his fellow students through the many service projects that the campus and regional PTK organizations have been involved with this semester.
“We are very proud to have one of our students selected for this honor,” said Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president of Brookhaven College.
Community colleges may 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. The team program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
“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, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,270 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, 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 2.5million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually.