Inver Hills Student Wins PTK Scholarship

Patti Henry recognized as Coca-Cola Leader of Promise

Patti Henry, a student in Adult Success through Accelerated Programs, or ASAP, at Inver Hills Community College, was awarded a $1,000 Phi Theta Kappa Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship. Patti is pursuing an Individualized Professional Studies A.S. in Family Communication. She designed her own degree, focusing on human services, communication and social inequalities.
“I’ve always found the topics of people, relationships and inequalities interesting,” Patti said. “I wanted to become more educated in these areas. I am a ‘helper’ by nature.”

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The program awards up to 200 scholarships of $1,000 each, a total of $200,000 in scholarships annually. Of these awards, 25 scholarships are earmarked for current members of the military or military veterans. (read more…) — Courtesy of the Phi Theta Kappa website

Originally from Northfield, Minnesota, Patti attended Northfield Senior High School and graduated from the Northfield Alternative Learning Center in 2002. She soon started a career at the U.S. Postal Service and served as a letter carrier in her hometown for nine years. In 2006, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After six months of chemo and radiation treatments, she was declared cancer-free. She credits a fair share of the cure to the rigorous physical activity she experienced in her job with the USPS.
As that same activity became increasingly strenuous, Patti decided to enroll at Inver Hills with the goal to earn a degree and launch a new career in human services and social work. She was attracted by the college’s location, ASAP and the wide variety of courses offered that pertained to her future field. Positive feedback from friends also contributed to her decision.

“I am honored to be nationally recognized for my leadership skills, and my academic and social achievements. Being awarded the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship now, toward the end of my educational goal, has really confirmed to me that I am on the right track. I feel like a leader, and I plan to take my education into the future.” — Patti Henry

Less than two years after beginning her studies at Inver, Patti was promoted at USPS to the position of account specialist, a job she loves. She now works and resides in Eagan, Minnesota. The promotion altered her career trajectory, but she opted to remain a college student.
“I enjoy my classes and I like to finish what I’ve started,” she said. “I want to continue in my current position at the USPS Accounting Service Center in Eagan. I believe my commitment to learning, and my sharpened writing, reading, problem-solving and research skills helped me get my transfer and promotion. My new knowledge and skills regarding diversity, sociology, communication and the ‘helping profession’ have become important assets in my work.”
As a nontraditional student, Patti finds that her time is consumed by work and studying, but she is always prepared to take advantage of extra-credit opportunities for the experiences they provide. She has participated in a number of activities, including an ethnic food tour, a presentation by Inge Auerbacher, a Holocaust survivor, Lonely Soldiers: Women at War in Iraq, a play at the History Theatre, and the VIBE Halloween Carnival on campus. She joined Phi Theta Kappa in 2013 and belongs to the Facebook group for the IHCC Gay Straight Alliance.
When she does find the time, Patti enjoys writing—she has her own blog, Patti Lynn Henry, riding her bike, reading, and exploring culture, including food, museums, art, music and more. She has two cats, a gray tiger stripe named Dexter and an adopted calico called Gypsy. She has an older sister, Kelly, who lives in France with her husband and daughter. Patti likes spending time with her friends and her 10-year-old half-sister, Angela.
“Angela is a huge inspiration to me,” said Patti, who has a 4.0 G.P.A. and is set to graduate May 2015. “She attended my Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony. I want to use what I’m learning at Inver Hills to support her as she grows up. I want to set a good example.”

For more information about ASAP at Inver Hills, contact:

ASAP Program
College Center Room 270

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Inver Hills, contact:

Nicki Bottko
Student Life Activities Coordinator
Vicky Knickerbocker
Sociology, Humanities and Human Services Instructor

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