BUFFALO—In a field of 1,700 competitors from more than 800 community colleges, Erie Community College student and Buffalo resident Todd Stevens has been named New York State's 2012 New Century Scholar, a Phi Theta Kappa-sponsored honor bestowed on the top scoring student in All-USA Community College Academic Team competition from each of the 50 states, Canada, and one of the six sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapters exist.
The New Century Scholars program—presented by USA Today, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and administered by Phi Theta Kappa—awards students a $2,000 scholarship and foundation-sponsored plaque. This year, students were recognized on April 23rd as part of the annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges Convention, held in Orlando, FL.
“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa's Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible—especially during these challenging economic times.”
When scoring students, All-USA Community College Academic Team competition judges consider grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Stevens, a SUNY Chancellor's Award winner who's pursuing a career in public health, earned high marks in all en route to becoming New York's honored representative.