At Warren County Community College Noelle Miller is recognized as a leader. Now, she is recognized nationally. Miller was recently named a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, one of only 207 recipients from around the country. The scholarship is worth $1,000.
The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 900 applications were received.
“I was pleasantly surprised to receive the scholarship,” said Miller, a sophomore at WCCC and who is a life-long resident of Hackettstown. “When I received the notification that I was awarded as a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, I was ecstatic and overwhelmed with joy. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to exert and explore leadership potential and further proceed with pursuing my academic goals and interests. I am beyond grateful to the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their generosity, and to Phi Theta Kappa for all of the opportunities that they have made available. I am also very thankful to my parents for their continued support throughout my collegiate journey.”
Miller, a business administration major, was inducted as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at WCCC, AlphaUpsilon Rho, this past spring. She currently serves as Vice-President of the chapter’s Leadership. This summer she had the opportunity of attending the Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Honors Institute and Leadership Academy in Towson, Maryland, with Chapter President, Andrea Massimo, Vice-President of Service, Jesse Hall, and WCCC Advisor, Jean Vasko. There, they collaborated with other chapters within the Middle States Region and learned more about service, leadership, and Phi Theta Kappa.
“In just a short time Noelle has become an integral part of the chapter,” said Vasko. “She is clearly a leader and someone the other members look up to.”
“I look forward to planning, collaborating, and participating in future chapter endeavors, such as community service projects in the upcoming academic year,” said Miller. “I am so excited to see what the future holds.”
Her future plans, upon graduation from WCCC next May, will include the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Business Management or Finance at Liberty University. And then to pursue a master’s degree in Business.
“My long term goals and dreams include that of becoming a successful businesswoman, adopting dogs, and raising a family,” she said. “Along the way, I aspire to inspire and encourage others in their educational, career, and personal journeys.”
With Coca-Cola’s help, she has a good start.
“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global 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.”
When not pursuing her educational goals, Miller finds time to work part-time as a finance department assistant, spending time with family and friends, enjoying various hobbies.
“In my spare time, I love to travel, write music and poetry, and volunteer,” she added. “My recent volunteering activities include serving and leading at VBS (Vacation Bible School) programs. I look forward to participating in even more community service projects and serving through volunteer work in the upcoming year.”
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. Learn more at ptk.org. For more about WCCC, visit www.warren.edu.