Arapahoe Community College student Leah Porter has been selected as a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.
Porter’s selection as a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar is based upon her score at the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Porter will receive a $1,500 scholarship for the honor and will be recognized at the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention – PTK Catalyst – on April 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa.
Porter is serving as the President of ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during the 2016-17 academic year. She is also currently the ACC Student Government State Student Advisory Committee (SSAC) representative, as well as the student representative serving as Vice Chair on the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE).
Porter earned Distinguished Officer acclaim at the 2017 Colorado/Wyoming Spring Regional Convention where she and the Sigma Phi team garnered first-place showings in three categories (College Project, Distinguished Chapter and Honors in Action Project). She was named to the All-Colorado Academic Team in March 2017.
Porter, who attended 2016 Phi Theta Kappa Honors Institute, has been an active member of the President’s Student Advisory Council and the Diversity Committee during her time at ACC. She served as Sigma Phi Vice President for the Honors in Action Project and attended the Emily Griffith Symposium in 2016 before founding ACC’s first student book club earlier this year.
Porter, who was raised in Malaysia, has lived in Israel, Singapore, Czech Republic and Puerto Rico. She is pursuing her associate degree in Business Administration from ACC and will graduate in May 2017. Porter plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from CU Denver before going on to earn an MBA. She aspires to pursue a career in finance while becoming a domestic and international advocate of women pursuing higher education.