March 26, 2013 – Dutchess Community College student Tristan Zukowski was designated a Silver Scholar by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation – one of only 50 students attending U.S. community colleges to be given this prestigious award.
The mission of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is to provide scholarship programs and enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional young peoples’ pursuit of knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world. Silver Scholars receive an award of $1,250.
“The College community is extremely proud,” said DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin. “Tristan is an excellent student, and his achievement says much not only about his own effort, but the commitment of DCC’s faculty and staff to the success of our students.”
An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academics, leadership and academic awards and engagement in college or community service in the selection process.
Zukowski, a town of Poughkeepsie resident, will graduate from DCC in May as an Adolescent Education major. He is the president of DCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa as well as a peer tutor and a member of the Hudson River Group, a National Model United Nations delegation consisting of DCC and Vassar College students.
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program, recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. Members must have a GPA of between a 3.25 and 4.0 and must sustain high academic standing throughout the two-year enrollment. In addition, members have very strong records of service to the campus or greater community.