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BVCTC Student Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a New Century Workforce Scholar

McKinley Kirkendoll, a student at BridgeValley Community & Technical College (BVCTC) in South Charleston, West Virginia, has been selected as a 2023 New Century Workforce Scholar. This scholarship, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions on a national scale as they plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate. McKinley will receive a $1,250 scholarship and an invitation to the Association of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) Leadership Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Only one New Century Workforce Scholar was chosen from each state. The selection process was based on the students’ academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,400 students were nominated from more than 1,300 college campuses across the country.

“We congratulate McKinley for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize these outstanding achievements,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Scholarship programs like this are essential in creating opportunities for students to succeed as they prepare to enter the workforce and for putting college completion within reach.”

About BridgeValley Community and Technical College  

BridgeValley Community and Technical College promotes student success, prepares a skilled workforce, and builds tomorrow’s leaders by providing access to quality higher education. BridgeValley Community and Technical College is the college of opportunity for a diverse learner population, offering leading-edge technology, innovative ideas, and dynamic service to our students and our communities.  

BridgeValley Community and Technical College was founded on March 20, 2014, and serves a seven-county region including Fayette, Kanawha, Clay, Putnam, Cabell, Mason, and Wayne counties. The college operates two campuses in Montgomery and South Charleston, along with the addition of the Advanced Technology Center. BridgeValley Community and Technical College is a public institution of higher education independently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and a member of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. 

Promoting student success, preparing a skilled workforce, and building tomorrow’s leaders. 

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.

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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