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DCC Student Named 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar

 

Steve Oake - 2012 Coca Cola Scholar

Steven Oake

DANVILLE, VA April 2, 2012 - Danville Community College student Steven Oake has been named a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. 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.

As a Bronze Scholar, Oake will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars will be listed in an April 23rd 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. Student scholars also receive local recognition during ceremonies held on campus.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit up to 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.

Oake, who lives in Danville, is majoring in Information Systems Technology – Networking and Computer Programming specializations. He is the executive co-chair of the DCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a participant in the Student Leadership Program, and a member of Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society, an international business honor society.

Involved in the community, Oake is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Danville, as well as Planetera, a non-profit organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that utilizes travelers to assist poor communities around the world to become self-sufficient, and Skydive SWOOP, a non-profit organization in Dundas, Ontario, Canada that is used by the community for fund raising and Make-a-Wish Foundation. Oake also is heading up the Rachel’s Challenge Initiative which he hopes to bring to this area. He also enjoys photography, reading, videography and skydiving.

“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 1,280 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.

 

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