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Eccles Receives Guistwhite, Coca Cola Awards
March 20, 2019

A Walters State Community College student has received three prestigious scholarships. 

Lauren Eccles of Jefferson City is one of only 15 students nationwide to receive the 2019 Guistwhite Scholarship. Eccles is also one of two students nationally to receive a Geico Creativity Scholarship and has been named a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar. 

“Lauren is an outstanding student. She excels academically and is very involved in extracurricular activities, including community service projects,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State.

“We are very proud that Lauren chose to attend Walters State and will leave with a solid foundation for success,” Miksa also said. 

The Guistwhite Scholarship recognizes leadership, PTK engagement and academic excellence. The scholarship honors Dr. Jack and Margaret Guistwhite. Guistwhite developed the first transfer scholarship exclusively for PTK students. The Scholarship is $5,000. Over 2,000 students were considered for this scholarship. Eccles is the only student from Tennessee to receive the honor.

The Coca-Cola Gold Scholar is funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation. She is one of only 50 students to receive this honor and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Recipients were chosen based on the Coca-Cola All-USA All Academic Team Competition, which encompassed academic achievement, leadership accomplishments and PTK engagement.

The Geico Creativity Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship. 

Eccles plans to major in chemical engineering. She is a dual enrollment student, earning her associates degree while completing high school.  

Eccles will be recognized during PTK Catalyst, the organization’s annual convention, in Tampa next month. 

CUTLINE: Lauren Eccles is shown with Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State. Eccles has received three prestigious scholarships all associated with Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges.