Local Student Veteran Named 2017 Military Leaders of Promise Scholar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2017

Contact: Wendy Smith, Director of Marketing and Public Information 307-675-0412, wsmith@sheridan.edu

Claire Barnes, Writer/Editor 307-675-0416, cbarnes@sheridan.edu

Jeffery Turkowski, a secondary education major at Gillette College and veteran of the U.S. Marines, has been selected as a 2017 Coca-Cola Military Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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 also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military.

“Jeffery exhibits exceptional leadership ability and is very deserving of this honor,” said Loren Groves, Veterans Advisor. “He is heavily involved in many Gillette College clubs and activities, including the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Student Veterans Group, and student government.”

Recipients are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential. A panel of independent judges selected Turkowski as one of the recipients from nearly 1,000 applicants.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, 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.”

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs an develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.