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Gibson named Leaders of Promise Scholar

August 13, 2019

Heartland student McKenna Gibson has been named a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Gibson is in a group of only 207 Phi Theta Kappa members nationwide named a 2019 Leaders of Promise Scholar and she will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“McKenna is to be commended for her achievement with this recognition,” said Heartland Phi Theta Kappa Program Director Tom McCulley. “This award is a reflection of the hard work of our Phi Theta Kappa chapter to provide students with opportunities for scholarship, community service and leadership development.”

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 also 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.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, Executive Vice President and President-Elect 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.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at


Written by: Steve Fast