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SCC Student Wins Prestigious Award as 2018 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar

jonah deatonFifty community college students from the United States, including one from Somerset Community College (SCC), have been named 2018 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of $112,000 in scholarships.

Jonah Deaton, of London, was the top-scoring student from Kentucky, making him Kentucky’s 2018 New Century Scholar. Deaton is a visual communications student at SCC and he will graduate with his Associate of Applied Science degree in May. Deaton plans to transfer to seminary to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in ministry.

The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and the American Association of Community Colleges. More than 2000 students were nominated from more than 1,600 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

“We are extremely proud of Jonah. He has a clear vision for his future and humbly has taken on roles to help other students along the way.  He is extremely deserving of this award.” said Dr. Jo Marshall, SCC President and CEO.

Deaton is currently the president of Omicron Zeta, the SCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, vice president for the Kentucky region, and president of SCC’s Photography club, Fruit of the Lens. 

“We congratulate Jonah Deaton for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and the AACC to recognize his outstanding achievements,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.  “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for two-year college students to succeed and for putting college completion within reach.”

Deaton will be honored as a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar and presented with a $2,250 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation at the Phi Theta Kappa Presidents Breakfast held during the American Association of Community College’s Annual Convention on April 30, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

“I am very honored to be chosen as the Kentucky New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar.  My membership in Phi Theta Kappa has given me many wonderful opportunities, including this one.  The scholarship will be put to good use next year as I pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in ministry" said Deaton of his recognition.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community 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 nine nations. Learn more at