Paris Junior College student Cameron Copeland has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.
“PJC is honored to have our second student in as many years selected as a Leaders of Promise Scholar,” said PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin. “The academic programs offered at PJC attract some very talented students with huge potential. Cameron is very deserving of this honor and we are proud to have him as a PJC Dragon.”
Copeland, a science major and Dragon baseball player, was among 207 Phi Theta Kappa members awarded a total of $207,000 in scholarships. Chosen from more than 1,100 applications worldwide, the scholars’ applications are evaluated by independent judges based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.
“The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but provide students with the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.
“It’s an honor because there’s so few picked in the nation,” said Copeland of his selection. He still plans to attend Texas A&M University – College Station and then medical school.
When asked if his family was excited, Copeland said they were, but thinks his mother was more excited about his recent selection as PJC Homecoming King.
“That was fun for her, she got to take pictures and see all of it,” said Copeland.
He is also looking forward to the spring baseball season, his last at PJC, because “the team gets together and gets along really well, we bond better and play better, this year.”