Three students from Ivy Tech Kokomo Region named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise

Cassie McKillip Amanda Paradis Amber Zehringer

Cassie McKillip, Amanda Paradis, and Amber Zehringer

Scholarship program honors up to 200 students nationwide

KOKOMO, Ind. — Three students in Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region have been named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise through Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society for two-year colleges.

Cassie McKillip of Kokomo, Amanda Paradis of Winamac, and Amber Zehringer of Kokomo are among 200 students honored nationwide by the program that provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with $1,000 each to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in the honorary’s programs.

“This is great recognition for three outstanding students,” said Leo Studach, associate professor of science at Ivy Tech and a Phi Theta Kappa adviser. “They all have great potential for success in their chosen fields.”

McKillip, a Kokomo High School graduate enrolled full-time in Ivy Tech’s Associate of Science in Nursing program in Kokomo, has participated in a number of Phi Theta Kappa events. She also is a licensed foster parent; active in organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Kokomo Urban Outreach, and Ark Christian ministries; and teaches in the Sunday School program at Chapel Hill Community Church.

Paradis, a graduate of Knox Community High School, is majoring in nursing at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus and is employed as a certified nursing assistant at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac. She has been involved with a number of Phi Theta Kappa activities in Cass County and has served as secretary for the Beta Gamma Zeta chapter at Ivy Tech Logansport. She volunteers with the Sunday School program at New Hope Baptist Church where she sings in the church choir.

Zehringer, a graduate of Greenville (Ohio) Senior High School, is majoring in general studies and office administration at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. She has been active in the Alpha Phi Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and the Campus Activity Board and served as student government secretary for several years. She is a graduate of Ivy Tech’s Student Leadership Academy and a volunteer at the Hands of Grace Storehouse in Kokomo.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship is Phi Theta Kappa’s first scholarship program available to members to be used during the time they are enrolled in their community colleges.

Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit
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