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Northeast State Kingsport students named Coca-Cola Silver Scholars

Staff Reports • Mar 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Northeast State Community College students Christopher B. Jones and Brianna D. McMillan, both of Kingsport, have been named 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholars. East won a $1,250 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion. Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service.

Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, April 4-6 in Orlando, Fla.


"Receiving the Coca-Cola Silver Scholarship was a very pleasant surprise due to the fact there were over 2,000 applicants,” Jones said. “The award gives me the confidence that others believe in my college and career goals."

Jones is an accounting major and plans on transferring to East Tennessee State University in the fall. His career goal is to become a certified public accountant and work for a major accounting firm.

Jones has served as co-president of the Northeast State Scholars Foundation, vice president of leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, and as a member of Paws for a Cause. He has also been a summer orientation leader, a Keeping Our Promise mentor and justice for Student Traffic Court. He currently holds an Academic Excellence Endowed Scholarship at Northeast State.

“I was very anxious for weeks before receiving the award after discovering I had made it to the next level of the scholarship competition,” McMillan said. “After opening the email, the first thing I felt was shock and the second feeling I had was an extreme sense of gratitude, knowing that I had spent so much time on my scholarship and that it had finally paid off was a feeling like no other.”


McMillan is sophomore at Northeast State and will graduate in May. She will attend ETSU in the fall and has applied to two research-intensive programs at the university. She said she plans to graduate from ETSU in spring 2021 with a bachelor’s of art in Sociology and a minor in public administration. Eventually, she plans on pursuing a doctoral degree. One of her goals is to pursue sociological research and work as a policy analyst, with a specific focus on education reform policies.

McMillan is vice president of scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, sergeant of arms for Toastmasters and a student representative on the Academic Affairs committee. She is a recipient of a Northeast State Honors Program Endowed Scholarship.


“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. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students 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 10 nations. To learn more go online to ptk.org.

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