Cleveland State student Jewelia Fox is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 900 applications were received.
“This scholarship means a lot to me,” said Ms.
Fox. “It has shown me that hard work pays off!
I chose to become involved in PTK the second semester of my freshman year here at Cleveland State because it is nationally known. That was very appealing to me as a student because I would be able to carry PTK over to my transfer schools!
“The thing that I love about PTK is the fact that we're a family! Aside from the scholarships, which is an amazing perk, we strive to work as a team in all aspects of life. We do amazing things together in the community and at our own school.”
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 United States 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, president 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.”
PTK Advisor Karen Dale said, “Jewelia is a servant leader, and is consistently encouraging and supporting others. Even though she works many hours, she has been able to maintain the highest grades and a cheerful attitude, while taking maximum course loads, being a member of the honors community, volunteering community service weekly with her church and Signature Healthcare, performing with Vocal Rhapsody, serving as a Phi Theta Kappa officer and actively participating in the BCM events. She is always prepared is an outstanding student in all areas!”
Ms. Fox is a graduate of Bradley Central High School and is the daughter of Joseph and Marie Fox of Cleveland.