Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has made their selections for the Coca-Cola 2022 Academic Team and Pearl River Community College sophomore Erin Clifford has been named a Gold Scholar.
The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments. The selection was based on the score she earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition which has more than 2,000 applications.
As a Gold Scholar, Clifford will receive a gold medallion and a check for $1,500.
“On behalf of the entire advisor team, we are so proud of Erin’s accomplishment,” said Lisa Wall, Director of First-Year Experience at PRCC and a PTK Advisor. “Erin worked on her scholarship applications for months, and it is rewarding to see her contributions to PRCC and our community recognized at the national level. Erin is most deserving of this award.”
From Ocean Springs, Clifford is studying Political Science with a Pre-Law emphasis on the Poplarville Campus. Her ultimate career goal is to serve as a Child-Advocacy attorney.
She serves as president for the Iota Mu Chapter and as the Career Technical Education representative for the MS/LA Region of PTK. She also played on the PRCC soccer team and currently has a 3.93 G.P.A.
“The scholarship application season is pretty grueling, but the support I received from my advisers, soccer team and coaches, and family pushed me to see it through,” said Clifford. “I’m so honored to have been selected, and I hope I continue to embody the ideals that are laid out for those who receive this scholarship.”
After graduating from PRCC in May, Clifford plans to attend Mississippi State University with a full scholarship. She plans to be involved on campus like she has been at PRCC with the goal of entering law school in the fall of 2024.
ABOUT THE COCA-COLA ACADEMIC TEAM
The Coca-Cola Academic Team recognizes high achieving college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.
A total of 150 students are named each year, equally split between Gold, Silver, and Bronze Scholars. A state may have multiple Gold, Silver, or Bronze Scholars.
To be eligible for this program, students must apply for the All-USA Academic Team and be selected as a nominee by their college.
The Coca-Cola Academic Team is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.