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    Hartsville, S.C. – November 20, 2017 –  Coker College welcomed 18 first-year students into its growing honors program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    The 2017-2018 academic year is the sixth year for Coker’s Honors Program, which allows for high-achieving and motivated undergraduates to pursue a vigorous course of study offering experiences based on three pillars––innovative scholarship, cultural interaction, and civic leadership. Students get extensive research experiences in a variety of disciplines through a combination of coursework and co-curricular experiences, as well as study leadership, study abroad, and participate in community service projects.

    “I am eager to see what our new Honors students bring to the table.  I had the pleasure of traveling with them in Washington, D.C., and found the group to be enthusiastic and ready for a challenge,” says Dr. Jennifer Borgo, associate professor of biology and director of the Honors Program at Coker College.

    Honors Program students had to apply to be admitted into the program and each received $1000 scholarships. They must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in order to stay in the Honors Program.

    Jacob Adams, Business major from Summerville, S.C.

    Alexsandra (Alex) Alverson, Communication major from Greenville, S.C.

    David Benish, Jr., Business and Sport Management major from Gastonia, N.C.

    Mahari Greene, Business major with a marketing concentration from Havelock, N.C.

    Samantha Hoffman, Physical Education major from Newnan, Ga.

    Noah Kile, Math major from Canton, Ga.

    Madison King, Physical Education Exercise Science major from Piedmont, S.C.

    Erika Leslie, Political Science major with a dance minor from Piedmont, S.C.

    Emma Lindenmuth, Art Education major from Mertztown, Pa.

    Angelique McDonald, Business major with a pre-law specialization from Hartsville, S.C.

    Robert Merritt, Chemistry major from Easley, S.C.

    Briahnna Neily, Biology major from Summerville, S.C.

    Samantha Pearson, Art (Graphic Design) major from Buderim, Australia

    Camryn Quick, Business and English major from Hartsville, S.C.

    Jessica Weaver, Biology major from Florence, S.C.

    Robert Wilkerson, Physical Education Exercise Science major from Wilmington, N.C.

    Otto Wolin, Biology major from Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Connor Yost, Physical Education Exercise Science major from Chino Hills, Calif.

    Coker recently partnered with Greenville Technical College (GTC) in Greenville, S.C., to assist GTC honors program graduates with an easy transfer to Coker College’s honors program, including transferring all degree course credits, a $1000 per year scholarship, and eligibility to receive up to $2500 to apply toward a study abroad experience. The GTC agreement is the first agreement that Coker College’s honors program has established with another institution.

    For more information about Coker College’s Honors Program, please visit our website at, or contact Dr. Jennifer Borgo at or 843-383-8396.