While the dollars that come from a scholarship typically mean a lot to a college student who is struggling to make ends meet, the intangible benefits of receiving an award can last a lifetime.
Hollie Yokley, a Motlow State Community College sophomore from McMinnville, was recently selected as a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and received a $1,000 scholarship. She is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members nationwide, and one of two Motlow sophomores this year, to receive the award.
“The Coca-Cola scholarship has helped me more than just financially. It is very helpful to have for my school books, because they can cost up to $600 a semester, but this scholarship has also boosted my self-confidence,” said Yokley. “When I was filling out the scholarship application, I never thought I would actually be selected. Being from a small town, I was not really expecting to be noticed. When I found out I had gotten the Coca-Cola scholarship, it made me realize hard work does pay off, and that it doesn’t matter where you are from.”
Yokley is attending Motlow at the McMinnville campus, pursing her associate of science degree in biology. Her plans include getting her bachelor’s degree at MTSU in biochemistry and then studying to become either a physician’s assistant or a medical doctor.
Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship honorees are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. More than 1,200 applications were received.
“PTK has had a tremendous impact on my character for the better,” Yokley added. “When I first started in PTK, I was not looking for much responsibility, but my amazing advisors always told me I am capable of anything. I listened to them, and now I am president of PTK for the Motlow campuses. It has made me a much better leader and allowed me to learn how to deal with responsibilities.”
A former wrestler at Warren County High School, her hobbies include kickboxing and jiu-jitsu, where she instructs women and children. She is also playing an active role in the startup of a Motlow McMinnville campus Rotoract Club, which is a service-based student organization associated with the Rotary Club.