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OCC Student Torri Frye Receives National Award

Torri Frye PhotoOlney Central College student Torri Frye, of Sumner, has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually.

Each Gold Scholar receives a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program. Student scholars receive local, state and national recognition at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, April 6-8, in Nashville, Tenn.

“I feel really honored to represent OCC,” Frye said of receiving the honor. “I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of my teachers, especially Laurel Cutright and Amie Mayhall, and my family. I’m thankful for everyone who has supported me in everything I’ve done.”

High-achieving students like Frye are nominated for the award by campus administrators. An independent panel of judges considers academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

“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 and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

After graduating in May, Frye will transfer to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville to complete her bachelor’s degree. She plans to pursue a doctorate degree in English literature and eventually serve as an English professor.

“I just want to thank everyone at OCC for making this possible and for helping me to get a great start,” Frye added.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students. The society is made up of more than 3.2 million members in nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa.

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