MCC-Maple Woods student honored as Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholar

Jennifer Elpert

They are called Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars, and Metropolitan Community College is proud to have another student receive the title.

Jennifer Elpert, a second-year student at MCC-Maple Woods, says she was “incredibly excited” to learn of the award. The North Kansas City High school graduate will complete her MCC associate degree in biology in May.

Elpert’s career goals are set. “I want to be a veterinarian,” she says, adding, “Eventually, I would love to open my own practice.”

What does it mean to be a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar? Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the program annually awards 200 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.  The scholarships, administered by national academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa, are designed to provide new PTK members with financial help while they are enrolled in community college and active in the society’s programs.

Elpert was selected from a pool of more than 1,100 applicants.  An independent panel reviews the scholar nominees on the basis on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

Elpert is active in more than PTK. She is also part of MCC-Maple Woods’ new honors program, which helps students succeed by engaging them in individual projects that enhance their coursework and career path.

On a personal note, a special motivation for Elpert is family. “I have an adorable 17-month-old daughter who inspires me to do my very best in school,” she says.

The path to MCC was a straight one from high school  for her.

“I love MCC, because not only are the classes affordable, but the teachers are excellent,” Elpert says. “I also appreciate a smaller campus. It’s a great stepping-stone to a larger university.”

MCC-Maple Woods President Utpal Goswami says Elpert’s honor “is a sign that many high-achieving students have found a home at MCC-Maple Woods to pursue their educational goals.”

Elpert joins the list of other recent Leaders of Promise Scholars from MCC in recent years:

  • Tracy Walden, Metropolitan Community College-Longview, 2015
  • Anna Hirsekorn, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, 2014
  • Brian English, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, 2013
  • Amy Donovan, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, 2012

About Phi Theta Kappa:

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of community college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.

About the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation:

The mission is to provide scholarship programs and lifelong enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional people’s thirst for knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world.