BMCC Student Named 2020 PTK Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

July 23, 2020

Giulia Assanti
Giulia Assanti

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Science for Forensics major Giulia Assanti is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Assaniti will begin her third semester at BMCC in Fall 2020.  She is an ASAP student who is committed to graduating in May 2021.

“After graduation, my plan is to transfer to John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) to get my bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science,” said Assanti.  “After that, I plan to apply for an internship at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City and eventually pursue a career as a forensic scientist-criminalist,” said Assanti.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.

A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

  • Science for Forensics major Giulia Assanti one of 207 PTK members nationwide named Coca Cola Leder of Promise Scholar
  • Assanti receives $1,000 scholarship
  • Scholarship program helps Associate Degree students defray tuition costs

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