Posted March 28, 2022
Lorain County Community College student Emese Toth has been named among the top 150 community college students in the country.
Toth, 19 from Elyria, was named a 2022 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Academic Team recognizes scholars from across the country with gold, silver or bronze status. Toth was nominated for the award based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.
“I am thrilled for Emese to receive this honor,” said LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D. “Emese emerged as a leader at LCCC during the difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic. Through Emese’s focus on equity and inclusion, she helps to make our campus and the community a safe and welcoming place for all.”
Toth is the secretary of LCCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, where she leads service projects with local and international impact. Recently, the group collected school supplies that were delivered to children in Iraq. She is also involved with LCCC’s Equity Team, where she advocates for underrepresented groups.
“I am very grateful for this award and for the opportunities afforded to me through LCCC,” Toth said. “This scholarship will help me tremendously as I continue my academic trajectory.”
Toth graduated from Elyria High School in 2019, where her high academic achievement earned her the LCCC Trustee Scholarship. While at Elyria High School, she founded the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. She continues work with the LGBTQ+ community as a certified Q-You Youth Leader at the LGBT Center of Cleveland.
Language plays a critical role in Toth’s life, as a first-generation Hungarian-American. Her first language is Hungarian, and she is fluent in English and French, and she is studying Russian. Using her fluency as a tool, Toth advocates for social justice and works to bridge cultural divides.
“Translation is a valuable tool,” Toth said. “Language should not be a barrier to sharing experiences and perspectives.”
Toth earned an associate of arts from LCCC in December 2021 and continued with additional coursework in preparation to transfer for a four-year university in fall 2022. She plans to earn dual bachelor’s degrees in Russian and Comparative Literature. She aims to work in publishing with the goal of increasing the amount of translated works in the United States and around the world.
Coca-Cola Academic Team members, including Toth, will be recognized in a virtual statewide ceremony and during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, in April.