February 8, 2023

Honors for the Honors Society president

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program has awarded NCC’s Phi Theta
Kappa President with a scholarship based on her notable academic achievement, leadership and
community service work.
“My heart stopped,” Social work major Katelyn Schoelles said. “It was this whole
experience of, ‘This actually happened… or did it?’”
2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars receive a $1,000 scholarship for Phi Theta
Kappa (PTK) members while enrolled in associate degree programs. After nearly 1000
applications were submitted, only 207 applicants were selected as Leaders of Promise Scholars.
“While I could list the numerous projects that Katelyn has led, committees she has served
on, and activities she has participated in, all of that fails in comparison to the impact she has
made on her peers as a role model,” PTK adviser and Student Life’s Miranda Baker said.
“They will often seek her out for her guidance and knowledge. She inspires them to do
better. To want better. She has shown them that with dedication and perseverance, anything can
be possible.”
The president of the Tau Gamma was first inducted into PTK in February of 2016. From
May 2016 to spring 2017, she worked as secretary until being elected president.
“I don’t even want to call it a job, but it’s the best job I’ve ever had,” she said. “I’m
taking what I learned as secretary – the logistic part of it and how to be a leader – and I’m really
applying that to my work as president.
It’s great to see the progression of my officers and I try to help them as much as I can to
come out of their shell and break out into the amazing things that exist here at Northampton. It’s
also wonderful to connect to members.
My first and foremost goal with PTK is making that one-on- one connection and trying to
help the members change their perspective and lives the way PTK has changed mine.”
PTK is currently working on its upcoming Honors in Action service project. The subject
is bees and plans involve visiting farms and the East 40 Community Garden.
In the future, Schoelles plans to change her major from Social Work to Sociology and
pursue her Master’s and Doctorate degrees.
When asked what advice she would give to fellow students, she said, “Work as hard as
you possibly can, but it’s important to give yourself a mental health day when you need it. When
you need help, we have really great services on campus. We have people here that really care.
I’ve been lucky to have a very good support system [at NCC]. Miranda Baker has helped
me look at things differently and has given a source of belief in myself. She has instilled in me the importance of helping others. She always says to be a good person, whatever that looks like
in your eyes, and do the right thing.”

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