October 25, 2018 Melissa Lamar

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Tunxis Community College student Ashley Torvinen was named a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar by national honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). Torvinen was among 207 PTK members chosen for the $1,000 scholarship from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants.

Ashley Torvinen is shown (center) with Tunxis President James Lombella and Helen Lozada, Tunxis PTK Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter advisor.

Torvinen lives in Bristol and first enrolled at Tunxis in 2016. She is a computer information systems major who works full-time as a network administrator at Whelen Engineering Company. After she graduates, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a concentration in networking or server administration.

Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new PTK members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in PTK programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

Located in Farmington, Tunxis Community College offers over 70 associate degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education for two-year college students. The Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter of PTK at Tunxis provides opportunities for over 300 members in leadership, community service, scholarly fellowship and academic excellence. Each semester, student members participate in service and research projects to help their college and communities, and are eligible to apply for over $90 million in scholarships reserved exclusively for PTK members. For more information on Tunxis, call 860.773.1490 or visit tunxis.edu.