Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516
Rock Valley College student Danielle Brosend has been named a Silver Scholar on Coca-Cola’s 2019 Community College Academic Team. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.
Brosend is a senior at Winnebago High School and a sophomore at Rock Valley College as part of the Running Start program. She plans to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to study Animal Ecology. She developed an interest in nature and environment as a child when she visited the Severson Dells Nature Center. She began volunteering as a camp assistant and educator at the age of 12 and has worked as Seasonal Educator there for the past two summers. She also has volunteered at the Winnebago County Forest Preserve.
Brosend is also active at her high school and at Rock Valley College. She is a member of the Winnebago County High School Key Club and the National Honor Society. She has volunteered at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s recycling center, Winnebago Elementary School, and the Winnebago Public Library. At RVC, she is a member of the Students for Responsible Environmental Sustainability, a group that promotes awareness of environmental awareness and conservation, and is also the Recording Officer in the Omicron Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. As an officer in Phi Theta Kappa, Brosend helped the chapter research and implement an Honors in Action project about identity politics. She has also volunteered with Phi Theta Kappa to raise awareness and collect donations for the college food pantry, and she has volunteered with several other PTK members at the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Community Market.
Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.
Brosend joins a list of other RVC students who have earned similar honors in recent years, including Molly Velbeck (2017 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar), Matilyn Bindl (2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar), Angelica Cagle (2014 Coca-Cola Gold Scholar), Janet Saldana (2012 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar), Stacey Slintak (2011 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar), and Dylan DeRoberts (2010 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar).
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations.