Friday, June 15th 2018

KC student named inaugural New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar

Kilgore College student Johnny Hendrix, of Gladewater, has been named an inaugural 2018 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

This new scholarship is the first of its kind on a national scale to support students at associate degree-granting institutions who plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate. The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) sponsor the program.

Hendrix graduated from KC in the spring of 2018 with an Associate of Applied Science in Process Technology – Petroleum Specialty with High Honors.  He was also recognized at graduation as a member of PTK and the National Technical Honor Society.

“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.”

New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

More than 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,600 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar was selected from each state.

“We congratulate Johnny for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize (his/her) outstanding achievements,” said PTK 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 will be recognized during the Association of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) Congress in New York City in October 2018.

PTK sponsor at KC is Michele Daniels.

About Phi Theta Kappa:

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of college students 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. Learn more at

About The Coca-Cola Foundation:

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the foundation has awarded more than $830 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit 

PHOTO ABOVE:  Johnny Hendrix receives his diploma from KC president, Dr. Brenda Kays, at graduation ceremonies May 11, 2018.  Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC

View more photos from the spring 2018 graduation