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Whatcom Student Receives Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship

Wilson Kain is one of 207 students selected from more than 900 international applications

Post Date:11/14/2014

Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College student Wilson Kain has received a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2014 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar. Kain is enrolled in Whatcom’s cybersecurity transfer degree program. When he graduates this spring, he intends to continue his education at Western Washington University to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer and information systems security.

Chosen from more than 900 applications worldwide, the 207 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 each to further their associate degree studies. Independent judges evaluate the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential. Kain, who is also the recipient of a 2014 Technology Alliance Group of Northwest Washington scholarship, is an outstanding student at Whatcom. Technology Department Chair Corrinne Sande lauds his academic record and his communication skills. She recruited him for Whatcom’s cyberdefense team that participates in collegiate competitions. An excellent writer and communicator, Kain created the team’s incident reports. He is also the vice president of communications for WCC’s IT Pros club. 

“We are extremely proud of Wilson,” says Dr. Kathi Hiyane-Brown, WCC president. “With his strong academic performance and service to campus, he is an outstanding example of the caliber of student scholars and leaders at Whatcom.”

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs. 

About Phi Theta Kappa: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 132,000 students inducted annually. At Whatcom, approximately 150 students are inducted into the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa each year. 

Contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, (360) 383-3310, 


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