Erika Weaver-Coleman

Erika Weaver-Coleman, a South Florida State College (SFSC) student, has been named a 2017 Oberndorf Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has received a $1,000 scholarship. Up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships are awarded annually, with scholars selected in fall and spring each year. Weaver-Coleman is one of seven students selected internationally to receive the award.

The scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the first college credential, an associate degree, or certificate, while enrolled in a two-year college.

“There is no measure of the value of demonstrating to my children the benefits of hard work and dedication,” Weaver-Coleman said. “The Lifeline to Completion Scholarship is helping pay for the much needed repairs to our home from Hurricane Irma. My youngest daughter lost her bedroom completely, and we are all beyond grateful to receive this assistance.”

Weaver-Coleman graduates from SFSC in May 2018 with an Associate in Arts degree. She plans to continue her education and earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, specializing in Exceptional Student Education (ESE).

“We are extremely delighted that Erika is one of the seven students selected internationally for the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Award,” said Dr. Sonji Nicholas, Phi Theta Kappa advisor and SFSC professor of sociology. “Hard working and committed to the highest academic standards, Erika’s tenacity in maintaining excellence in academic endeavors despite unfavorable circumstances, indeed renders her a deserving recipient of this scholarship. Erika is an outstanding model for fellow scholars, and we are proud that her accomplishments are being recognized through her selection for this award.”

The scholarship is named for its benefactors, Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf. Lou co-founded Medical Education Technologies Inc. (METI), a world leader in medical education technology whose products are used in many community and state colleges as well as the world’s leading medical schools. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that recognizes the academic achievement of community and state college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.