Honor students receive national academic scholarship
Author: Public Relations
Mar 20, 2013
Alan Pho and Ana Quintanilla, two honor students at Houston Community College Central, have been named 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholars for their outstanding academic achievement. The HCC College students were among only 50 students nationwide to receive this coveted and highly competitive scholarship.
As Silver Scholars, Pho and Quintanilla each will receive a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion. They will attend the 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars Annual Convention, April 4th through April 6th in San Jose, California.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars. More than 1,800 applications were received from top-ranked community college students across the country.
In Texas, Pho and Quintanilla – who are students in HCC Central’s Honors College and members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – were among only 13 students to receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Coca-Cola scholarship.
Twelve HCC honor students – two from each of HCC’s six colleges – were nominated to the Coca-Cola scholarship program. Pho and Quintanilla were the only HCC students to receive this national award.
To be selected as Coca-Cola Scholar, Pho and Quintanilla each had to write a 500-word essay, a 250-word biography, submit faculty recommendations along with their college transcript. Judges read each application at least three times and a computer program placed each applicant in rank order from 1 to 1,822.
“They demonstrated exactly what we require our student leaders to be: Determined, hard working and exemplary,” says Darin Baskin, HCC Central faculty member and Phi Theta Kappa Chapter advisor, who taught and recommended Quintanilla and Pho for the Coca-Cola scholarship program. “We are extremely delighted about their achievements.”
Quintanilla, whose GPA is 3.6, will attend Baylor University in fall 2013 and major in neuroscience. She wants to become a neuroscientist.
Pho, whose GPA is 4.0, will attend either Texas Southern University or the University of St. Thomas in fall 2013 to study pharmacology. He plans on becoming a pharmacist.
Both say they are proud to be Coca-Cola Silver Scholars, but are equally proud of the guidance and encouragement they received at HCC Central.
“I’ve gained confidence,” says Quintanilla, who Baskin says was once so shy she never spoke in class.
“HCC helped my relationship-building skills with faculty, staff and all the students,” says Pho, who dropped out of high school in the 9th grade for medical reasons, received his GED from HCC, then enrolled at Central College. Baskin says Pho has been an honor student from the beginning.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the largest honor society in higher education, administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholarship program. Phi Theta Kappa has more than 1,200 chapters on two-year colleges in the U.S., Canada, Germany and beyond.
HCC Central Honors College students win national scholarships: Alan Pho and Ana Quintanilla (center, l-to-r) are flanked by HCC Central President Dr. William W. Harmon and HCC Central Phi Theta Kappa advisor and faculty member Darin Baskin.