DeMeritt, from Watkins Glen, N.Y., has earned the Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship. He is a student at Corning Community College and is preparing for a career in the medical profession.
The scholarship, which is offered annually to only 200 students across the nation, provides new Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential. PTK is the national honor society for students enrolled in associate degree programs.
DeMeritt was the Valedictorian of Watkins Glen High School and aspires to work in the healthcare profession. Completing the first two years of his education at CCC leaves him with wide open possibilities, he said, including a future as a doctor, dentist, anesthesiologist, or pharmacist.
DeMeritt is currently exploring his transfer options, with applications in at Cornell and RIT. He is also considering a handful of SUNY schools.
“I came to CCC so I could strengthen my application for a four-year college,” said DeMeritt. “CCC has partnerships with four-year programs that make transferring easy. I was named a Presidential Scholar, which seeks to recognize students for their continued hard work. On a personal note, I am also able to continue volunteering at CCC, which is important to me.”
DeMeritt, who attributes his commitment to volunteering to Marie Fitzsimmons, one of his high school teachers, helped raise funds for local pet shelters, participated in a holiday card drive for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and helped more than 400 people at a recent food drive sponsored by the Corning Community Food Pantry.
“Volunteering makes me feel good,” said DeMeritt. “The community has given to me in every way. Volunteering, for me, is a way to give back, but also to help people feel good about themselves.”