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Student named 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar

Yuma, AZ (March 26, 2020) – A student from Arizona Western College has recently been selected as a 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar.

Abigail Emmons earned the honor based on her scores during the All-USA Academic Team competition, for which more than 2,000 applications were received this year. The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Her award includes a $1,250 scholarship for Fall 2020 and an invitation to be recognized on stage at PTK Catalyst, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, which was to have been held on April 2-4 in Grapevine, Texas. 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.

Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators or Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisors. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.
“Being awarded a Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholarship is an exciting achievement that I am grateful to receive as a result of hard work put into my classes and the Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Beta Chapter,” said Emmons, who is the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Club President at AWC.

Emmons will be graduating from AWC in May with an Associate of Science degree in Biology. In the fall, she plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University – Yuma to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Natural Resource Sciences. She hopes to continue on with her education by applying to medical school and ultimately becoming a craniofacial surgeon.

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 Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

Light Bryant
Director of Honors Program/Professor of Mathematics
Arizona Western College
(928) 344-7792

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