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Heartland Student named 2023 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

August 22, 2023

Heartland student Aurora (Rose) Carina has been named a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Carina is in a group of only 213 Phi Theta Kappa members nationwide named a 2023 Leaders of Promise Scholar and she will receive a $1,000 scholarship. 

“Rose is to be commended for her achievement with this recognition,” said Heartland Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Cristina Prestin-Beard. “This award is a reflection of her hard work and the strength of our Phi Theta Kappa chapter, which provides students with opportunities for scholarship, community service and leadership development.” 

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 also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 1,000 applications were received. 

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. 

“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.” 

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 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

Written by: Steve Fast