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NRCC student receives workforce scholarship

By WILLIAM PAINE

william.paine@southwesttimes.com

It was recently announced that Issac Motely, a student attending New River Community College, has been named a 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

The New Century Workforce Pathway scholarship is the first of its kind, as it’s designed to support students at two-year associate degree granting institutions who plan to enter the workforce upon completion of a degree or nationally recognized certification.

This scholarship is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation as well as the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society.

New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

“Education helps ensure that young people can realize their full potential,” said Helen Smith Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Foundation places a high priority on supporting education to help build strong communities.”

Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar was selected from each state.

“We congratulate Isaac for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize his outstanding achievements,” said PTK’s president and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for students to succeed as they prepare to enter the workforce and for putting college completion within reach.”

 

To become a member of the Omega Eta chapter of PTK at NRCC, students must currently be enrolled at NRCC, have a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade-point-average, completed at least 12 nondevelopmental credits at NRCC.

 

While at NRCC, Motely has served in PTK as the secretary and acting vice president of the NRCC Computer Club, a campus organization that takes used computers and parts and works to refurbish and upgrade the machines to give them back to NRCC students in need.

 

Motely is pursuing an associate degree in information technology with a specialization in cybersecurity. An Eagle Scout from Ironto, he plans to join the local workforce in his field when he completes his degree from NRCC.

 

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of the Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.

 

PTK is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The organization is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations.

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