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Sanders is Gold Scholar


LBWCC’s Sanders is Gold Scholar

Brooke Sanders, a student at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, was named a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar at a recent award ceremony in Montgomery.

The Coca-Cola Foundation sponsors the program that recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars nationwide, and provides nearly $187,500 in scholarships annually.

Sanders receives a $1,500 scholarship and special medallion as a Gold Scholar and will be included in the April 23rd issue of USA Today newspaper.

Administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Sanders was recognized for the award during the All-Alabama Academic Team recognition program. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

Sanders will graduate from LBWCC with a 4.0 GPA. She serves as secretary for the Andalusia chapter of PTK, is a volunteer Ambassador and member of Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society. She also works with the Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition.
The scholarship, she said, will enable her to continue her studies toward obtaining a radiology degree.

“I am very grateful for the wonderful experience at LBW. I appreciate all the support and encouragement of faculty and staff,” she said.

“She is very deserving of this recognition of her hard work and dedication to her college education,” said Dr. Herb Riedel, LBWCC president. “We are proud of her accomplishments and wish her only the best as she continues her educational career.”

Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa, said the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation invests in the future of students.

“Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees,” he said.

President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, J. Mark Davis, said the organization has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding community college students.

“We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”


Photo:  LBW Community College President Dr. Herb Riedel, left, congratulates student Brooke Sanders for being named one of 50 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholars in the nation.

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Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.