Seventeen Miami Dade College Students Are Awarded Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarships

Miami, August 15, 2023 – Seventeen Miami Dade College (MDC) students were presented with the 2023 Leaders of Promise Scholarship, an award sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation that recognizes 200 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members nationwide. Each recipient receives $1,000.

“This scholarship for first-year students is a validation of the hard work they do from day one, as well as a recognition of their academic success and involvement to make their campus communities better,” said Dr. Diego Tibaquirá, lead advisor of the PTK Honors Society chapter at Padrón Campus and Lead Faculty for MDC’s Honors College.

Twelve of the winners belong to the Honors College Dual Language program at MDC’s Padrón Campus and the remaining five attend Homestead, Kendall and North campuses respectively. A panel of independent judges selected this year’s recipients from nearly 1,100 applicants. Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars are chosen based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

This year’s Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship winners are:

Homestead Campus:

Mayra Moreno

Felipe Rosas

Kendall Campus:

Javier Cunat

North Campus:

Kasha Finlay

Apollinaire Mendoza

Padrón Campus:

Julieta Alviarez

Juana Bustos Martin

Samantha Espinosa

Jesús Abel Galarza

Gabriel  Gámez

Romina Gutierrez-Zamora

Amanda Marrero

Manuel Andres Martinez

Mateo Fabian Medina

Gissel Ortiz (also winner of the TEAS Prep)

Melissa Rodriguez

Mariángel Valcárcel

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program was launched in 2001 to assist new Phi Theta Kappa members to obtain an associate degree and encourage participation in Society programs. For more information visit: