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 HCC 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.