Seminole State student Thu Pham named Coca-Cola Academic Silver Scholar

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Written by: Carla Peterson

Thu Pham, a Seminole State College of Florida honors student, has been named a 2024 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Selection as a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar was based on scores the student earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition, for which more than 2,200 applications were received this year. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion. 

Thu Pham started at Seminole State in the Fall of 2022 and her program track is Biology, Pre-professional. She plans to graduate this spring and transfer to the University of Florida. She is also a Foundation for Seminole State Scholar.

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.

“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 to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s global community leaders.”

Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in local and statewide ceremonies. They will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, in Orlando, April 4-6.

Grindle Honors Director Tracy Harbin remarks that Pham embodies the traits of Coca-Cola scholars. “She is a campus leader who is willing to serve while maintaining high achievement. She is thoughtful, dedicated, brilliant and humble. She encourages others to get involved on campus and gives credit to her team's efforts even when she is behind the scenes, ensuring that the projects or events run smoothly. We are proud of Thu's accomplishments and look forward to watching her go far on her educational journey.”

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