Shayla Wissler, a December graduate of
Southeast Community College, has been named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community
College Academic Team Silver 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.
As a Silver Scholar, Wissler will receive a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.
had to read the email at least three times to actually believe what I
was reading," said Wissler, a graduate of Pawnee City High School. "I
couldn't believe that I had actually won it. I forwarded the email onto
my friend at first because I honestly didn't know what it meant because I
was in so much shock. When I filled out the scholarship application I
didn't think there was any possible chance that I could actually win."
earned an Associate of Science degree and is now taking pre-health
classes at SCC. She plans to put the money toward nursing school this
Wissler said she chose SCC for a variety of reasons.
isn't far from home, but it was far enough for me to spread my wings
from my mom," she said. "The low cost of tuition also was a huge bonus
because I knew from the beginning that I would be paying for my own
education. The low teacher to student ratio was another huge reason,
because I was coming from a small school and wasn't ready to experience
the big university life."
Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic
Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during
All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held
in 38 states.
Wissler is pursuing a career in nursing because of an event that happened when she was a teenager.
death of my dad when I was 14 drives my career goal to become a nurse,"
Wissler said. "I am determined to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
and will go the extra mile to make sure that my patients are receiving
the best care possible. As a registered nurse I will not only care about
my patient's needs, I will make sure that their families and friends
are informed about how their family member or friend is doing."
Wissler said her experience at SCC has been positive.
"SCC has helped me to become the person I am today, and I'm very thankful for all the opportunities it has offered," she said.
Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor
society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in
all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight
sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since
its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted