Scholars are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.
By Myra Saturen,
Maria Bartolucci, a Northampton College general studies major and a Bangor resident, has been chosen as a recipient of the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program.
The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 700 applications were received.
Although Bartolucci always wanted to be a veterinarian, she chose to major in general studies because she was afraid to pursue her true dream. “It took taking general chemistry I, to make me realize that I had the capability to understand and apply complex processes and that I have the ability to do anything I set my mind to.”
She tells new and potential students that “it is okay if you do not know what you want to do regarding your career direction. Take courses that seem interesting to you, and don’t let anyone affect your career decision.” She also recommends using Career Services, keeping daily updates about classes and meeting their advisors. In addition, she encourages students to talk to their professors about their own career choices.
Bartolucci plans to transfer to Delaware Valley University, where she will major in small animal sciences on the veterinary track and minor in business administration.
She credits NCC and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society, with promoting her personal growth. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, whose videos have inspired her.
She says that Phi Theta Kappa improved her oral communication skills and it allowed her to think critically and problem-solve and to make new friendships that will last a lifetime.
NCC’s affordability has also made it possible for Bartolucci to avoid student debt.
“My experiences at NCC have allowed me to become more open and to come out of my comfort zone, as well as meeting great professors and faculty members who are always there for anything, she says.