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NVC Student Named 2023 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Karolina Weiss

Karolina Weiss, Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar

Karolina Weiss from Napa Valley College is one of 213 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2023 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. 

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 1,100 applications were received.

A total of $213,000 will be awarded this year through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, which provides multiple Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships earmarked for international students.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.” 

"Originally being from the Czech Republic, immigration has been a long process and being able to attend Napa Valley College here in the US concurrently has been an amazing experience," said Weiss. "The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship will directly help pay for the education and educational materials required to achieve my goals."

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

"I plan to obtain my associate degree in Theater Arts in Spring of 2024 at NVC, then transfer to a four-year university to obtain a double major in Linguistics and Theater Arts. My goal is to work closely with languages and international theater programs," Weiss said.  "NVC has proved invaluable towards these goals with an outstanding Theater Arts Department and endless support by the staff and programs like Phi Theta Kappa."
About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at