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Clark College News and Events

September 11, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing
Telephone:  (360) 992-2921


Debra Arbuckle of Vancouver receives congratulations from Clark College President Bob Knight for earning a Coca-Cola Scholar Foundation

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Student Debra Arbuckle is entering the fall quarter at Clark College with a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.  Arbuckle, who resides in Vancouver, is working toward an A.A. transfer degree in social work.  Her goal is to continue her studies and complete a bachelor’s degree through Clark College’s partnership with Eastern Washington University.

Arbuckle’s community activities include service on the Hearthwood Elementary School PTA.  In addition, she is a service delivery team member for Region 3 of the Washington State PTA.  Region three includes Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties.  Arbuckle and her husband Russel, who reside in Vancouver’s Countryside Woods neighborhood, have three children, ages 13, 8 and 4.  

Arbuckle took all of her first-year courses through eLearning (distance learning) and plans to do the same with her second-year courses.  She said, “The ability to take Clark College classes online has made it possible for me to continue in school while raising three children and serving in the community.”  Arbuckle credited her online math teacher Keri Walker for informing her about the Coca-Cola scholarship opportunity. 

Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “Debra Arbuckle exemplifies student success.  She has combined high academic achievement with service to our community.  Academics and service learning both play a vital role at Clark College, as we encourage lifelong learners and leaders like Debra.” 

Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annual to students attending higher-education institutions that grant two-year degrees.   In April, one scholar from each state received a $2,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola through the New Century Scholar Program of the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college scholastic honorary organization.   On June 29, an additional 350 students were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship.  All recipients have demonstrated academic success and participated in community service within the past 12 months.

The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation.  The Whitehead Foundation, named for one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola, provides grants in support of human services initiatives.  Now in its eighth year of funding the two-year colleges scholarship program, the foundation has provided $3.25 million in scholarship awards to students attending two-year degree granting institutions.


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