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    Espinoza earns nationwide Coca-Cola PTK scholarship

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    Griselda Espinoza

    Griselda Espinoza has already earned one degree from Lamar State College Port Arthur and is now working on a second one. It’s that dedication to her education that caught the eye of Coca-Cola Foundation and earned her a national scholarship.

    The Coca-Cola Academic Team program recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars annually. Espinoza earned a spot among the 2021 Bronze Scholar recognitions and will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a commemorative medallion. The award is given in partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Espinoza is vice president of the Lamar State College Port Arthur PTK chapter.

    “It is such an honor to be able to receive such prestigious recognition as well as to accept this scholarship,” Espinoza said. “I hope I can inspire my peers at LSCPA and others nationwide to work hard and stay dedicated to their education.”

    Espinoza, a Nederland resident, graduated this past Fall with an associate degree in Process Technology and she returned in the Spring semester to work on an Academic Studies degree. She currently has a 4.0 grade point average.

    “With the hard work Griselda has put into her studies, she certainly deserves this recognition and the scholarship to help fund her education,” LSCPA President Dr. Betty Reynard said. “She is an example of the type of student and the experience we hope for all of our students at LSCPA.”

    Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.

    Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, to be held virtually April 8-10.

    “Griselda Espinoza is one of those unique students who is not only a leader but cares about her fellow students' success as well,” said Albert Faggard, sponsor of the LSCPA Phi Theta Kappa chapter. “It's been a privilege to see her grow as a member and officer in Phi Theta Kappa. She has always been a student you can rely on.”

    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, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at