JACKSON, Miss. — Kristin Wallaker of New Portland, an electrical technology student at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, has been named a 2021 New Century Workforce Scholar, and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

This scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions on a national scale as they plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate.

New Century Workforce Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Scholar was selected from each state.

“We congratulate Kristin for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize her outstanding achievements,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, according to a news release from the honor society. “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for students to succeed as they prepare to enter the workforce and for putting college completion within reach.”

“Kristin sets the bar when it comes to an instructor’s ideal student,” said Chuck Worster, KVCC electrical technology instructor, according to the release. “Her work ethic and drive to understand the material being presented is unsurpassed. She not only excels with the academic portion of her education but also is more than capable to handle the hands-on segments as well.”

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