Eldridge native receives Coca-Cola scholarship


Eldridge native Elizabeth Henslee is making a mark during her college career and was recently named a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar.

Henslee attends Bevill State Community College in Fayette, and she will receive a $1,250 scholarship from Coca-Cola.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is a sponsor of the Coca-Cola Academic Team that recognizes 50 gold, 50 silver and 50 bronze scholars annually. In addition to the roughly $200,000 awarded in scholarships, each scholar is given a commemorative medallion.

College administrators nominate students to receive the award, which is granted based on strong academic skills. Coca-Cola also takes leadership, engagement and service-learning into consideration when choosing their scholars.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation,  said in a press release. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.” 

Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Phi Theta Kappa honor society president and CEO, added that she is thankful for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing the hard work of students. Phi Theta Kappa serves to recognize the academic achievements of students enrolled in community colleges. 

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

Henslee will be honored with other students across the country in local and statewide ceremonies. Scholars will also be recognized at the annual convention of Phi Theta Kappa in Kansas City, Missouri, this month.