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Collin College Student Named 2016 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar

Collin College student and 2016 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar Rebecca Wyant-MillerMay 11, 2016 –Collin College student Rebecca Wyant-Miller was recently named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.

Wyant-Miller, of Dallas, received the distinction from a pool of more than 1,900 applicants and was awarded a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion. The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and administered by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.

Wyant-Miller is studying chemistry at Collin College and plans to transfer to The University of Texas at Dallas and pursue a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Ultimately, she plans to attend medical school and become an anesthesiologist.

“I am so grateful to Dr. Terry Hockenbrough who encouraged me to apply for this award, an acknowledgement of all the hard work I have done. Collin College is the stepping stone for where I want to go. Initially, I did not know that I wanted to earn a degree in chemistry. Without my calculus professor Dr. James Hallmark, I would never have majored in chemistry. There is an exceptional math department at Collin. At Collin, I started to believe in things that I never thought I could do,” Wyant-Miller said.

Awarded the 2015-2016 Collin College Chemistry Department Scholarship, Wyant-Miller served as the vice president of leadership for the Alpha Mu Tao Chapter of PTK last year. She helped design a leadership camp and served as a camp leader for the college’s Leadership Empowerment and Development (LEAD) program and completed a Center for the Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (CASMNS) project on genetic variants between ferns in different areas of the southwest with Dr. Nelson Rich, professor of biology.

“Medical school is a huge financial endeavor. Any help I can get I appreciate. This Coca-Cola scholarship is allowing me to take summer classes. Without it, I would have had to work instead of taking classes,” she said.

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.