Student Awarded Coca-Cola Scholarship
|Rebecca Simmons with HCC
President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.
Halifax Community College
student Rebecca Simmons has been recently awarded a
Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship. It is a $1,000
award and only 350 are available nationally. Selection was
based on academic record and ongoing commitment to community
service. Currently, Simmons has an overall 3.94 grade point
average at HCC.
An Associate in Arts major, Simmons, a resident of Roanoke
Rapids, plans to become an elementary school teacher, either
teaching second-graders or possibly leading a 5th-grade
science class. “I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in
the second grade,” she explained. After graduating from HCC
in May 2009, she plans to transfer to Elizabeth City State
University to finish her education degree.
A peer tutor at HCC, Simmons is also a member of Trinity
Pentecostal Holiness Church where she is a toddler teacher
assistant and a member of the women’s auxiliary group. She
is a volunteer fire fighter with Gaston Fire Department and
is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). She has served as
secretary for the Alpha Eta Phi chapter of PTK and is
currently serving as president.
Along with giving service to her community, Simmons has also
served her country. At age 18, she joined the National Guard
and has traveled across the country and the world. In fact,
in 2003 and 2004, she served in the U.S. Army in Operation
Iraqi Freedom. “It’s a family thing,” she said.
Originally choosing to attend HCC because of its convenient
location, Simmons said she was naturally excited to receive
notification of the scholarship. “It is a great honor,” she
added. The successful college student is also a wife and
mother of three children ages 1, 2 and 5.
To be eligible to receive the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges
Scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent
residents, carry a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of
nomination, plan to enroll in at least two courses during
the fall term at a two-year, degree granting institution,
and be actively engaged in volunteer service or employed at
least part-time. The scholarship rewards leadership and
excellence as demonstrated through academics, community
service and/or employment.
The scholarship was made possible through a grant to the
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation from the Joseph B. Whitehead
Foundation. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of
Coca-Cola and in keeping with the legacy of Coca-Cola
Bottlers throughout the U.S., this scholarship is a way for
Coca-Cola to recognize student achievement.