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Highland Student Receives Coca-Cola Scholarshippublished April 21, 2015
Highland Student Receives Coca-Cola Scholarship
Thaina Dos Santos Jensen, a Topeka sophomore at Highland Community College, recently traveled to the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX, to be recognized as a 2015 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar and formally receive her award. She was joined by Highland president David Reist and her Phi Theta Kappa sponsors, Margy Heddens and Harry Moeller.
Dos Santos Jensen won the award by being the top scoring student in Kansas for the 2015 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar program. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa. Selection was based on the score earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,700 applications were received this year. A panel of judges made the selections based on their evaluation of the students’ academic achievement, leadership, service, and how students extended their intellectual talents beyond the classroom, specifically the student’s response to a significant endeavor.
As a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar, Dos Santos Jensen was presented with a $2,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Dos Santos Jensen and the other New Century Scholars were recognized at the Annual Phi Theta Kappa Presidents Breakfast held during the AACC Convention. Additionally, Dos Santos Jensen was recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s (PTK) Annual Convention, also in San Antonio.