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September 2022

ASUN PTK student receives Coca-Cola Scholarship

Arkansas State University-Newport student Cecil Shelton, of Trumann, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named as a 2022 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. 

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members pay for educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Shelton will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Cecil Shelton of Trumann - 2022 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Shelton is a member of the Beta Nu Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at ASU-Newport. PTK is an international honor society focused on academic achievement at two-year colleges. Students, like Shelton, must maintain a 3.5 GPA and complete at least 12 hours of credit to be initiated into the organization. 

This scholarship is awarded to those exemplifying scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential with more than 1,300 students submitting applications. 

Chancellor Dr. Johnny M. Moore said this award showcases the great work ASUN’s Beta Nu Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is doing. 

“As a former member of PTK’s Presidential Advisory Board, I can attest to the great skills and programs it provides for two-year college students,” Moore said. Phi Theta Kappa works diligently to help our students grow individually and professionally. I want to congratulate Cecil Shelton for not only earning this honor, but I also want to thank Cecil for representing ASUN at the national level.”

ASUN’s PTK chapter inducts new members annually and works to be an integral part of the campus community. 

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

Shelton is a Culinary Arts major on ASUN’s Jonesboro campus. To learn more about ASUN’s PTK chapter click here.