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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) students Jordyn Miller and Abigail Spindle were two of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and have each received a $1,000 scholarship. Miller is a sophomore pre-vet major from Skiatook, Okla., and Spindle is a sophomore agriculture major from Miami, Okla. “We’re so excited for both of them, and so proud of the work that they’ve done to reach this level of scholarship,” said LaShawna Powers, NEO Instructor and PTK Sponsor.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. More than 1,200 applications were received.

“The scholarship wasn’t limited to just tuition, which was really helpful,” said Miller. Since she had most of her tuition paid, she was able to use the scholarship to purchase books and supplies for class. “It makes a big difference.”

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 Mu chapter on the NEO campus is very involved in campus events, and was the first established outside of Missouri. Currently the second oldest operating chapter in the United States, students must complete at least 12 hours of courses and maintain a 3.5 grade point average to gain admittance into the society. To find out more about PTK at NEO, contact LaShawna Powers at LaShawna.Powers@neo.edu. (Top photo: Abigail Spindle. Bottom Photo: Jordyn Miller)

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