CVCC student Rodriguez Mendez named 2023 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar

HICKORY, N.C. — Catawba Valley Community College student Yanira Rodriguez Mendez has been named a 2023 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar.


Rodriguez Mendez

By receiving this honor, Rodriguez Mendez will receive a $1,250 scholarship.


“I wasn’t expecting to receive this scholarship, but I am very happy,” Rodriguez Mendez said. “This is going to be very helpful to me in college when I transfer to a four-year college. I need to get as many scholarships as I can. Earning this one is very meaningful to me. It motivates me to keep working hard towards my career. I wasn’t expecting to receive this scholarship because it’s such a competitive program, but I am very happy,”


The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.


“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.”


Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service. 


Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention — PTK Catalyst — to be held in Columbus, Ohio on April 20-22. 


“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”

About the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. Supporting more than 1,400 exceptional college students each year, it awards $3.55 million in scholarships annually through three nationally recognized programs. Learn more at


About Phi Theta Kappa

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 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at 


About Catawba Valley Community College 

Catawba Valley Community College provides a true collegiate atmosphere for its approximately 5,000 curriculum students and 9,000 workforce continued education students. Serving students from counties across the region, Catawba Valley Community College was ranked by SmartAsset as one of the top 10 Best Community Colleges, and was a finalist for the prestigious 2021 Bellwether and Aspen Prize awards. CVCC currently offers more than 50 programs of study in areas of Health Education, Career & Technical Education, Community Development & Public Services Education, and General Education, as well as nine college transfer programs. You can learn more about the programs offered at Catawba Valley Community College on its website at

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