Holmes Community College student Hannah "Olivia" Lane of Duck Hill is one of the 207 Phi Theta Kappa members who was named a 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The daughter of Shirley and Eddie Lane, she is a nutrition major on the Holmes Grenada Campus.
"I have had the privilege of seeing Olivia grow as a leader in Phi Theta Kappa over the past year," said Grenada Campus Academic Counselor and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Cynthia Abel. "She steps in where she is needed and succeeds in her given responsibilities as a chapter officer. As vice president of leadership, she brings great project ideas to the table, and I am excited to see her continue to grow in her leadership ability during her sophomore year at Holmes!"
At Holmes, she has served as vice president of leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, reporter for Student Government Association, an Ambassador and as a member of Baptist Student Union. Lane has also maintained Dean's List status, worked as a Financial Aid Office work-study student and was voted a Class Favorite.
"Olivia is such an asset to have on the Ambassador and Student Government Association teams," said Grenada Campus Student Activities Director and Recruiter Haley DeNoon. "She goes above and beyond to make sure tasks get completed and events go smoothly. I always know I can count on her!"
Lane's future plans include attending Mississippi State University to pursue her bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition and becoming a certified registered dietitian. Eventually she would like to work in a medical facility in a large city and start her family there.
In her free time, Lane enjoys playing soccer and tennis, and works for the Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Company as a summer employee. She is also a Duck Hill Public Library summer volunteer, a member of Interact Club Garden of Life and an active member of First Baptist Church Grenada.
"Since I started at Holmes CC, everyone has always been so friendly and welcoming to me," Lane said. "Mrs. Cynthia Abel and Mrs. Bethany Miller have helped me, as have the other PTK officers, to think independently in addition to finding ways to better our college campus and community. Haley DeNoon, the student recruiter and activities coordinator, provides a fun and friendly atmosphere to get our work done. I can safely say that Holmes has been one of the greatest experiences; I have made many friends and several amazing memories that I will carry for the rest of my life. I'm so glad I chose Holmes!"
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 encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 700 applications were received.
A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. 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 United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.
"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 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 and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.
"Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers," said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. "The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn't an obstacle to achieving their academic goals."
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 ptk.org.