SEPT. 28, 2016

Mary MartinJAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College students Anthony Sando and Mary Martin have been selected as a 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

The scholarship is designed to provide new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college, while also encouraging participation in society programs.

This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,100 applicants. Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Leaders of Promise Scholarship is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The program awards 200 scholars with scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each, totaling $200,000.

Mary Martin of Greensboro enrolled in GTCC in fall 2014, after leaving a job she’d held for eight years. She is majoring in both business administration and global logistics. During her time at GTCC, she has received five scholarships (including this most recent honor) and currently works at GTCC’s Small Business Center. She is a mother of four and an advocate against domestic abuse. She plans to graduate in 2017.

Anthony Sando

Anthony Sando of Sandy Ridge decided to return to school after being displaced from his job in March 2013. After he receives his associate degree in aviation systems technology from GTCC, he plans to continue his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in unmanned systems. He has been an active member at GTCC serving as secretary for Alpha Eta Rho and aviation representative for the Student Government Association. His ultimate goal is to work for a company that services drones overseas in the Middle East.

Martin and Sando are both active members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and hold officer positions for the local Alpha Pi Alpha chapter at GTCC. Martin serves as vice president of fellowship and Sando serves as vice president of scholarship.

The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program was conceived by International Officers and launched in 2001. The program is a result of the society’s long-range plan, The Alpha Project, which identified the need for scholarships to new Phi Theta Kappa members to assist in their obtaining an associate degree, while also encouraging participation in society programs.

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC