TOME — Elizabeth Ramsell, a sophomore at The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship for the fall semester.

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.

Elizabeth Ramsell
Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar

“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 and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service.

“By earning this scholarship, I have gained an assurance that through hard work and dedication, I am able to succeed in my educational journey while having the support of others,” Ramsell said. “The provided financial help serves as an opportunity for me while I work to successfully accomplish my goals and ambitions.”

Coca-Cola Academic Team members were recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies, and internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of PTK. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”

Ramsell is earning an associate of science in general science and an associate of arts in liberal arts, and this summer she will be transferring to UNM-Main Campus for her junior year.

Ramsell was also the PTK Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter vice president, vice president of UNM-Valencia Student Government and a co-op participant at the Los Lunas Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students 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 about 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.

For more information, visit ptk.org, or contact UNM-Valencia PTK Advisor Tracy Owen at 925-8915.

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