Des Moines Area Community College student Robert Kitchen of Story City has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar. Kitchen is enrolled in DMACC’s Management Information Systems program and plans to transfer to Iowa State University.

The Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. The Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

The New Century Scholars program, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges, shares a common application with the All-USA Community College Academic Team program, which recognizes outstanding community college students.

Kitchen is one of 50 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholars nationwide. Each scholar will receive a $1,000 scholarship and were recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s President’s Breakfast in New Orleans on April 24 during the AACC Convention.

Kitchen is the DMACC Honors Student Board President, PTK Chapter Vice President of Communications, Phi Beta Lambda State Treasurer and a member of the Class of 2016-17 Leadership Iowa University.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.