Ritter Named Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar

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ACM Student Annette Ritter

Annette Ritter, named a 2022 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar, is shown participating in a class discussion of Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead."


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Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders.




Allegany College of Maryland Student Inspires Others

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Apr.13, 2022) – Annette Ritter has been named a 2022 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

Ritter is a human service associate major who is also earning an addictions certificate at Allegany College of Maryland and intends to apply the scholarship award towards coursework at University of Maryland Global Campus.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

“You are not alone in your journey.”

Ritter, a resident of Little Orleans, is currently interning at AHEC West and will graduate from ACM in May. Ritter is president of the college’s Peace Club, vice-president of the Human Service Club, a student member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, a member of the Civic and Community Engagement Committee, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Ritter is member of and frequent speaker for Braver Angels and its We the People’s Project leadership team, and a member of the Working People’s Project. 

Ritter was a member of PTK while attending Haywood Community College to earn a GED and an associate degree in office systems technology. 

Ritter, a talented artist and creative entrepreneur who once worked as a domestic violence victim’s advocate, wishes to “pay back some of the help” received over the years and “listen to the voices of those afraid or unable to speak up for themselves and help them find their own voice.” 

Nomination and Recognition Process. 

Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service. Coca-Cola Academic Team members are recognized in local and statewide ceremonies and internationally at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, held in early April in Denver. 

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”

About the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. Supporting more than 1,400 exceptional college students each year, it awards $3.55 million in scholarships annually through three nationally recognized programs. Learn more at coca-colascholarsfoundation.org

About Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at ptk.org.

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