Madison Kokotovich and Kasi Weston, both majoring in general transfer studies, each will receive $1,000 scholarships that can go toward tuition or books.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society awards the scholarship to 200 students a year who are enrolled in an associate degree program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. They were selected from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants.
A GPA of 3.5 wasn’t good enough for Weston.
“(Once I started at STLCC,) I made the decision to work diligently and maintain the 4.0 GPA I knew I was capable of,” she said. “This meant a lot of late nights and early mornings. It meant missing quality time with friends. It meant sacrifice. It’s moments like this that make me realize that the sacrifices are for a greater purpose.”
Both Weston and Kokotovich also took community service very seriously.
“I obtained over 50 hours of volunteer work each semester,” said Kokotovich, who is in the Service Works Club, an organization that enables students to conceptualize, create and implement service activities.
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 selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.