Zuleidy Fernandez, a sophomore at Edison Collegeâ€™s Lee Campus, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation.
Fernandez, an honors scholar, is the current Student Government President, the Vice President of Edisonâ€™s Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa, and a member of the Bilingual Elite Association Team and the Latin American Student Association.
At the age of seven, Fernandez came on a boat to this country with her family in search of freedom. She has since excelled in her chosen endeavors and has fortified herself as a leader, a student and a woman.
Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually. Each state received a $2,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola through the New Century Scholar Program of the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college scholastic honorary organization. On June 20, Fernandez was among 350 students who received a $1,000 scholarship. All recipients have demonstrated academic success and participated in community service within the past 12 months.
Scholarship awards are not new to Fernandez; she received the James Newton Scholarship and was the first person at Edison College to receive the Community College Baccalaureate Association Scholarship. When asked how she felt about winning the Coca-Cola scholarship she responded, â€œI feel incredible. Itâ€™s such an honor to receive this award, and my family is so proud of me.â€? Fernandez will graduate next spring and plans to attend the University of Florida with the goal of a career in Pediatric Dentistry.