Rock Valley College

RVC Students Named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Media Contact: David Costello, 815-921-4516

Rock Valley College students Daniel Rebban and Marina Klein have been named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Daniel Rebban is a graduate of Hononegah High School who has a wide variety of interests that range from becoming a physical therapist to being a music teacher. Since he is not certain of his major, he has not decided where he will transfer upon completing his Associate in Science at RVC in May 2021. Daniel is an active member of the Omicron Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Marina Klein is a Running Start student who will be graduating from Rock Valley College and Harlem High School simultaneously in May 2021. Upon earning her Associate in Science, she plans to study mathematics at an undetermined university. She currently serves as the Recording Officer of the Omicron Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at RVC.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 700 applications were received.

A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

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 Phi Theta Kappa 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 isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

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 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at