News - 03/19/2013

MiraCosta College Student Named 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar

DeAngelo Brown

DeAngelo Brown, a student at MiraCosta College, has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 gold, 50 silver and 50 bronze scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion. 

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program. Student scholars receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures,” said Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa. “Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees.” 
 
Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process. 
 
“It means a lot to me,” said Brown, a 32-year-old Oceanside resident who served 11 years with the Marine Corps. “I know I work hard, but it’s nice to be recognized by others.”

Brown joined the Marine Corps in 1998 and was stationed in Quantico, VA; Camp Pendleton; and Okinawa, Japan before being sent to Iraq, where he was stationed in 2006 and 2007.

The father of three left the Corps in 2011 and decided to enroll at MiraCosta College en route to earning a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. “MiraCosta has a reputation as being the Harvard of community colleges,” he said. “It’s a good school.”

Brown has a 3.96 GPA and plans to transfer to Harvey Mudd College, Harvard, USD or a University of California campus in the fall. He would like to do research on satellite communications equipment or teach on the university level.

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