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Calhoun Student Korey Hardy Named 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar

March 21, 2017

Korey HardyKorey Hardy, a student at Calhoun Community College, has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold 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 nationally and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. As a Gold Scholar, Hardy will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program. Student scholars receive local, state and national recognition at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, being held April 6-8, 2017, in Nashville, TN.

“We have been fortunate to have a number of our students recognized among the nation’s top community college students,” commented Calhoun President Dr. Jim Klauber.  “This recent honor which Korey has very deservedly earned is further evidence of the quality of our students,” Klauber continued.

“I know that I speak for the entire Calhoun family when I say how very proud we are of Korey’s recognition.  His award adds to the growing list of Calhoun students who have been honored on the national level for their academic accomplishments,” added Klauber.  

High-achieving students are nominated for the award by campus administrators. An independent panel of judges considers academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa.

“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 is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students. The Society is comprised of more than 3.2 million members in nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.