Rock Valley College student Molly Velbeck has been named a Silver Scholar on Coca-Cola’s 2017 Community College Academic Team. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognized the scholars at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, on April 6-8, in Nashville, TN. As a Silver Scholar, Velbeck received a silver medallion and a monetary award of $1,250. Scholarship money will be distributed in September 2017.
Velbeck is a Running Start student from Belvidere High School who will be graduating simultaneously from Belvidere High School and Rock Valley College in May. She served as the Vice President of Scholarship and the Public Relations Chair for RVC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and was also involved in the Running Start student club on campus. In addition to the Silver Scholar award, Velbeck was unanimously voted to be one of RVC PTK’s nominees for an Outstanding Officer International Hallmark Award. She will be transferring to Illinois State University in the fall where she is going to major in marketing.
High-achieving students are nominated for the award by campus administrators. An independent panel of judges considers academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.
Velbeck joins a list of other RVC students who have earned similar honors in recent years, including Matilyn Bindl (2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar), Angelica Cagle (2014 Coca-Cola Gold Scholar), Janet Saldana (2012 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar), Stacey Slintak (2011 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar), and Dylan DeRoberts (2010 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar).
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.