Grace Feeney, Communitarian Staff Writer
(Oct. 6, Marple Campus) DCCC students Steven Feeney and Amber Riley have received $1,000 scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation this fall.
The Coca-Cola Scholarship program is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honors society for two-year colleges. Both Feeney and Riley are part of the Chester County chapter, Beta Psi Pi.
To be awarded the Coca-Cola Scholarship, PTK members endure an extensive six-section application process. Written responses, leadership skills, and community engagement are all considered when a panel of judges scores an application.
Feeney and Riley were two of the 207 students nationally to receive the award.
The goal of the scholarship program is to make education affordable and attainable. Amber Riley, vice pres. of Beta Psi Pi, said, “money should never be a barrier to anyone’s success.”
Additionally, the program recognizes students’ hard work. Nyia Kelly, Beta Psi Pi chapter advisor, said, “Oftentimes, community college students are overlooked. It’s great to see their excellence recognized.”
The advisor hopes that Feeney and Riley’s achievements will motivate other students to excel. Kelly said, “The hope is that more DCCC students will receive their due.”