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QCC Student Connor Nowlan Named 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Contact: Karen Hutner
Office of Institutional Communications
khutner [at]

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WORCESTER, MA—September 6, 2018— Quinsigamond Community College  Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student Connor Nowlan has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship through the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. Mr. Nowlan was one of 207 PTK students chosen from a national pool of over 1,200 applicants. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new PTK members defray educational expenses, while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in PTK programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.

Mr. Nowlan is currently attending QCC’s Business Administration Transfer program and taking online classes, while also working full-time. He said QCC's online Business Administration Transfer program was the perfect fit for him and hopes to transfer to the UMass Isenberg School of Management to obtain his bachelor’s degree.

“This program has allowed me to work full-time and go to college full-time, allowing me to pay for it as I go and minimize my student loan debt. I think community colleges are fantastic and wished more people considered them prior to making the jump into a four-year school.  All my professors at QCC have been wonderful and I have learned a lot in my time here,” he said. “This scholarship is a massive help to me. It allows me to save more of my personal income for my future goals and spend this scholarship on tuition and textbooks. This scholarship makes my future goals more obtainable by assisting me with savings.”

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.

“Research shows that PTK members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need is not an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. QCC currently has 508 PTK members.

For more information, contact Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications at 508.854.7513 or jmartin [at]

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.