Coca-Cola, Phi Theta Kappa name Prasain Leaders of Promise scholar

01.20.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez

Samyam Prasain, San Jacinto College student and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society member, was recently named one of the annual Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholars.

Each year the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program awards up to 200 scholarships of $1,000 each, a total of $200,000 annually to PTK students. Of these awards, 25 scholarships are earmarked for current members of the military or military veterans. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program provides new PTK members with financial resources to assist in educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in PTK programs.

“It’s an honor to be named as a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholar,” said Prasain. “I joined PTK because the organization presents a lot of opportunities, especially scholarships, and helps members excel outside of the classroom as well. I work part time at the San Jacinto College South Campus as a biology lab technician, so this scholarship is a very big help.”

Prasain added that many students avoid applying for scholarships due to the required essay portion of most scholarship applications. Whether they lack confidence in their writing skills, or are not sure where to start or how much to say in their responses, many students miss out on scholarships simply because they get intimidated by the writing portion. Along with visiting the College’s student success centers for writing help, Prasain encourages students to be honest and allow committee readers a little glimpse into their lives so they can understand why they need those scholarship funds to succeed. “I would suggest that scholarship applicants be real in their essays. Tell them exactly why you need financial support and why you feel that you deserve it. Scholarship committees want to know that they are helping students who need it the most, but who will also put the most effort into their education.”

Prasain is currently a life science major at San Jacinto College and plans to transfer to the University of Texas to continue on a pre-medical degree pathway.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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