Umair Shah Named 2013 Coca-Cola Scholar

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By Jennifer Duda

College of DuPage student Umair Shah of Wheaton has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.  

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states.

As a Gold Scholar, Shah receives a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion. The 20-year-old said he'll use the money to continue his education at Southern Illinois University after graduating from COD in May.

"I graduated high school a year early with the intent to double major. I planned an extra year of college to accomplish the things I set out to do and I'm still working toward that," the third year COD student said. "I've always been interested in the automotive industry and ultimately I'd like to manage a dealership or have something of my own."

Shah is one of more than 1,800 applicants for this year's team and one of 50 named Gold Scholars. Only 150 students nationwide were selected for the academic team. Scholars are selected by an independent panel of judges that examines the outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service during the final selection process.

In addition to being a member of the COD branch of Phi Theta Kappa, Shah is a student in the College's Honors Program, served as financial coordinator of the Student Leadership Council and is founder of the College's Entrepreneurship Club.