A Mohave Community College student has been selected as one of 12 students in Arizona to be named to a national academic team. Todd Myren, of MCC’s Lake Havasu City campus, has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver 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 $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion. In Arizona, four students were chosen for each the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Scholars categories.
“I was really surprised, of course,” Myren said of his national placement. “It is such an honor. I don’t know what to say, really. I’m kind of shocked. I do work hard in school, so it makes me happy to think that people appreciate my work.”
Myren, who is home-schooled, is pursuing a liberal arts degree from MCC, and he is expected to graduate this spring. He plans to transfer to Arizona State University or Azusa Pacific University to pursuit a degree in business. He eventually would like to co-own a business with his brother, he said. Myren has volunteered for the Relay for Life, the National Honor Society, and he plays piano and clarinet at local assisted living and nursing facilities.
Myren received a first placement on the All-Arizona Academic Team, and Debi Pennington, who also attends MCC’s Lake Havasu City campus, received second placement. Myren’s first placement granted him consideration for the national team.
Myren said the scholarships that he received as a result of the experience are the first that have been awarded to him for higher education after he graduates from MCC. He said he has always known that he could go to college, but also knew how much work it would be.
“It almost seemed like an unattainable goal,” he said. “I was always wondering if it would be possible. But after getting this recognition, it seems like it is something I can do and maybe even get a master’s degree or double major, like my brother.”
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 recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.
Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than 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.
“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, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 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 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.