SCF Student Among Those Named 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 24, 2017) — Joshua Parker, a State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) student and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) member, has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. He was one of 207 students from across the country to receive the honor.

Parker, who is from Englewood, wants to pursue a career in public health and biomedical sciences. He has volunteered cleaning up after an earthquake in Ecuador and has studied Spanish there. He also volunteers with the New College Child Care Center and the Sarasota Fair Food Alliance. He works part-time in a doctor’s office and produces Hip-Hop music on the side. As a student he is a member of the Student Government Association and the American Chemical Society in addition to being a member of PTK. Parker also is a member of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, an international organization focused on treatment rather than incarceration for drug users.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new PTK members pay school expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars also are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in PTK programs and are selected based on educational achievement, community service and demonstrated leadership potential. Nearly 1,000 applications were received.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in scholarships annually, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global 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 J. Mark Davis, president of the 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 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation gives students the opportunity to engage in PTK programs and develop leadership skills.

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

PTK is the premier honor society recognizing academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. PTK has more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine countries. To learn more, visit

Joshua Parker

SCF Student Joshua Parker

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