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Howard Community College Student Named New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar

Greg Howard Wins Inaugural Award from The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa
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Columbia, MD – Greg Howard, a student at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, has been named an inaugural New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. More than 2,000 students were nominated from community college campuses across the country. Only one scholar was selected from each state.

This new scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions who plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate on a national scale. New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges.

“Education can change lives and help ensure that young people can realize their full potential,” said Helen Price, executive director of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Foundation places a high priority on supporting education to help build strong communities.”

Howard, the scholar from the state of Maryland, recently earned a certificate in cardiac monitoring and analysis from Howard Community College. He will continue his education at the college to work toward his associate degree in cardiovascular technology.

“A career in allied health allows me to be in service to others,” said Howard. “What we do is restorative for patients and their families.”

Outside of the classroom, Howard works part time in landscaping and volunteers his time to teach and counsel men battling addiction and homelessness in Baltimore. He sees humility and service to others as keys to overcoming life’s challenges.

“Retaining the humility necessary to work through any learning curve will afford you the benefit of true academic excellence the rest of your life,” explained Howard, as he reflected on his recent award. “A life dedicated to the service of humankind is the surest way to fulfill yourself personally and ensure lifelong growth.”

Howard is a member of Howard Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework leading to an associate degree program are invited to join the honor society. Howard was also named to the All-Maryland Community College Academic First Team, which recognizes scholastic achievement and leadership at the state level.

“We congratulate Greg Howard for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize his outstanding achievements,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for students to succeed as they prepare to enter the workforce and for putting college completion within reach.”

The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars were recognized October 25, 2018, during the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Congress in New York City.
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