SPRINGFIELD, April 14, 2021 — Lincoln Land Community College student Julia Kienzler of Williamsville has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She was recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, held virtually April 8-10.
“This is a very prestigious award, and Julia was selected for her academic achievements, leadership and engagement in college and community service,” said Dr. Claire Gordon, LLCC professor of communication and Phi Theta Kappa coordinator. “Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages students’ academic achievement and leadership skill development.”
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.
“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 to make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”
At the PTK Catalyst convention, Kienzler was also one of 10 students to receive the Distinguished Regional Officer Award. She serves as Illinois region central vice president of Phi Theta Kappa. There are approximately 140 regional officers who serve in Phi Theta Kappa’s 29 regions, which span the United States and 11 other countries.
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 at colleges across the U.S. Learn more at ptk.org.