SCC graduate receives Coca-Cola scholarship

Shayla Wissler
Shayla Wissler

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.

"I 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."

Wissler 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 fall.

Wissler said she chose SCC for a variety of reasons.

"SCC 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."

Phi Theta 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.

"The 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.

Phi 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 annually.


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