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Redlands student Macie Gillock named a New Century Scholar

Jackson, MS - Macie Gillock a student at Redlands Community College, El Reno Oklahoma, has been named a 2015 New Century Scholar for the state of Oklahoma. Fifty community college students from the United States and American Samoa have been named 2015 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of $100,000 in scholarships. The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Gillock graduated from Union City high school and now resides with her family in Yukon, Oklahoma. She is majoring in Psychology and plans to transfer in the fall to the University of Central Oklahoma to complete her bachelor’s degree.

President Jack Bryant said, “we are extremely proud of Macie being recognized as the recipient as the New Century Scholar for the state of Oklahoma. Macie is an outstanding student and her diligence and tireless efforts have come to fruition by being selected for this honor.”

The New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. More than 1,700 students were nominated from more than 1,000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, plus one student from among one of the remaining seven sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally. Each scholar received a $2,000 scholarship and will be recognized in San Antonio in April during the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.

“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible – especially during these challenging economic times.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.