Butte College student Sheila Burson has been selected as a 2010 Coca-Cola Gold Scholar. One of just 50 community college students in the nation to receive this honor, Burson will receive a $1,500 stipend to continue her education.
Burson is a triple major and slated to graduate in June 2010 with three AA degrees in English, History and Classical Studies. While studying at Butte, the 57-year-old mother of seven and foster mother of four, has served as the college’s literary magazine editor for several years. She has also been an active and honored member of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Chapter, serving as chapter president as well the as the Nevada/California region president and is currently campaigning for an international officer position. Burson also recently earned a place on the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa All California First Team and the All USA Academic Team.
Burson’s selection as a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar was based on the scores she earned in the All USA Academic Team competition.
Following her graduation from Butte, Burson plans to continue her education at a four-year college or university where she plans to continue her studies in English and write fiction. Currently several prestigious colleges including Mills College and Stanford University are among several who are offering Burson scholarships.
The Coca-Cola Gold Scholar program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.