APRIL 2016

SJR State student named Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar

Giselle Feliciano

Giselle Feliciano, a student at St. Johns River State College’s Orange Park campus, has been named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The program awards nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually, recognizing 50 students for each of the gold, silver and bronze categories.   

Bronze Scholars each receive a medallion and a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to further their studies.   Independent judges evaluate the applications based on outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service.   

Feliciano is earning her Associate in Arts degree at SJR State. She ultimately plans to attend the University of North Florida and pursue a master’s degree in social work.

“I selected social work as a major for a very personal reason,” Feliciano said. "I believe it’s part of my calling to help others and help my community, so I’m really passionate about helping those who are suffering from injustice or being oppressed. I want to help lift them up.”

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program and recognizes scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team recognition ceremonies held in each state and at the organization’s annual convention.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa.  “Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees.”

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.  “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations.  More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually. 

To join PTK, members must have completed 12 credit hours at a two-year institution and hold a 3.5 grade point average. To learn more about the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, visit



SJR State Orange Park campus student Giselle Feliciano was recently named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar.