LCCC Student Named 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze

published Thursday, March 12, 2020
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) student, Mary Wilhelm of Lehighton, Pa., has been named a 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Additionally, Wilhelm was recently named a member of the 2019-2020 All- Pennsylvania Academic Team.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.
Mary Wilhelm graduated from Lehighton High School and is an education major. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for education majors. Wilhelm is in LCCC’s Honor Scholars Program and has volunteered at New Student Convocation and PTK awareness events, in addition to vacation Bible school at her church. Her career goal is to continue her studies at Bloomsburg University and become a mathematics teacher.
“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, 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.”
Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service, and on scores the student earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition, for which more than 2,000 applications were received this year.
Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, in April.
 “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. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges 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 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.