Honolulu Community College (HonCC) Liberal Arts student, Alexander Ybarra, was recently named a 2017 Coca-Cola Military Leaders of Promise Scholar from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Yabarra (on the right) with other PTK members

Each year the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in scholarships, setting aside $25,000 for members who are veterans or active members of the U. S. military. Recipients are selected based on their leadership potential and outstanding academic achievement. This year’s panel of independent judges had approximately 1,000 applicants to select from.

Yabarra was in the Marines until April 2016 when he was honorably discharged as a Corporal.

Yabarra humbly shared that when he first heard about the award he was surprised. “It came out of nowhere. However, my surprise quickly turned to honor when I realized how lucky I am to receive a scholarship, especially considering how many applied.”

The Foundation launched the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program in 2001 and is designed to assist new Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members in obtaining an associate degree.

“My experiences with PTK have only been positive. Members are provided with help so that they can strive to be leaders and help their community. PTK has provided me with an environment where I can grow intellectually, socially and have a positive influence in my community,” shared Yabarra.

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

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Yabarra plans on completing his degree at HonCC next spring. After graduation he plans on moving to H

awaiʻi island so he can start a small, personal farm while he begins working on a Bachelors in Business Administration at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. His long-term goal is to earn a Masters degree from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa via their distance education program and starting a small business that revolves around his farm.

To learn more about HonCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, contact PTK advisor, Lena Low at 845-9205 or lenal@hawaii.edu