Founded in 1986, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is much more than a program that awards college financial assistance to exceptional high school seniors. Our organization connects and continually nurtures an extended family of passionate, motivated, service-oriented leaders. This lifetime connection, camaraderie and sense of family are what make the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation unique among scholarship programs.
Perhaps you are one of our alumni. Or a returning supporter checking in on what we've accomplished this year. This report is both about, and for, you.
In 2015 we welcomed our 27th class of Coca-Cola Scholars. Our awardees came from 35 states, and were 56% female and 44% male.
Being chosen as a Coca-Cola Scholar means that your talent and commitment to serve have set you apart for what we believe will be an extraordinary future. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation counts it a privilege to invest in helping you make this future happen.
We are amazed at the growing connectedness and positive leadership of this, the Coca-Cola Scholars network. Every time you reach out, leverage the network, attend an event, serve together, invest in each other—this program strengthens and moves forward. Enjoy this showcase of our 2014-2015 year, and consider ways you can help sustain the future of our program together. With your help, there will be greater and more purposeful ways to engage, and we will continue to set the mark for what a really diverse, talented group of Scholars can do when they’re connected.
President, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Mehul Patel, 1994
Hello Scholars! Remember Us?
(We Remember You.)
Over the past almost three decades, we've been immeasurably proud of our Scholars—for their personal and professional accomplishments, but also for their willingness to give back to our community of service-minded leaders by lending us their talents and time.
As we continue to create and expand alumni programs and initiatives for our network, we seek support from our community to help build this legacy alongside our scholarships. We are forever grateful to our alumni who invest in the Coca-Cola Scholars Legacy Fund.
30 education professionals read our Semifinalist applications and recommended 250 Regional Finalists for advancement through our selection process.
Alumni partnered with staff to interview 250 Regional Finalists in each of our 10 Selection Districts and identified 150 Coca-Cola Scholars.
These Scholar alumni facilitated the 2015 Leadership Development Institute, an intensive leadership training that challenged the newest class of Coca-Cola Scholars to develop an inside-out leadership philosophy during Scholars Weekend.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Legacy Circle recognizes those who contribute the current value of our scholarship or more to the Coca-Cola Scholars Legacy Fund.
Tribute Gift Honoring Patti Ross
After 21 years of service, Coca-Cola Scholars Vice President Patti Ross retired. To thank her for her contributions, these people gave in her name.
|Rosanna Catalano Flury|
|Heidi Koester Oliveira|
|Mary Kathryn Covert Steel|
|Anna Jo Cowan|
Amber Parks, 2000
You are Part of a Vital System of Support.
Rocio Ortega, 2012
You Are Truly Amazing.
Coca-Cola Scholar alumni include 7 elected officials, 175+ entrepreneurs, 200+ C-level executives and 300+ nonprofit leaders. Here's a few of your stories from the past year we're particularly proud of.
It was with sincere admiration and deep sentiment that we announced in summer 2015 that Patti Ross, Coca-Cola Scholars Vice President, would be retiring after over 20 years of service to our program. Patti has been the heart of the Scholars Program, and her dedication to each and every Scholar has been unwavering. As a token of our thanks, we orchestrated a special toast for Patti during Scholars Weekend, and also launched a tribute gift campaign to the Coca-Cola Scholars Legacy Fund in Patti’s honor. It was a fitting gesture, given the impact she has had in building programming and lifelong enrichment that means so much to so many of us.
As a result of this outreach, Scholar alumni donated more than $12,000 toward the Legacy Fund in Patti’s name—a gift that supports new, innovative programs for our growing Scholar and alumni network across the world: leadership development, service, mentoring, events, career networking, enrichment, and more!
You Have a Lot to Give.
Here's How You Can.
All year, Coca-Cola Scholars participate in life-shaping experiences they'll never forget. You probably remember every one of them yourself.
Join us as an alumni to give your time and talents, make new memories, create new connections, and pay your involvement with Coca-Cola Scholars forward to our next generation of lifelong leaders.
Receptions hosted around the country that provide an opportunity for Scholars and alumni to network, socialize and connect with the Foundation.
A weekend in November dedicated to allowing members of our Alumni Advisory Board to generate ideas that showcase and sustain our alumni network as well as create alumni experiences unique to Coca-Cola Scholars.
One weekend out of our year where 30 invited education professionals (including 7 Coca-Cola Scholars in 2015) travel to Atlanta to read and evaluate all 2,200 Semifinalist applications and recommend 250 Regional Finalists.
Formal interviews in which 10 teams of 3, comprised of 2 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni and 1 staff member, meet in several locations across the country with our 250 Regional Finalists to select 150 Coca-Cola Scholars. While in town, we host fun, informal receptions for our local alumni.
The highlight of our year, when the newest 150 Coca-Cola Scholars come to Atlanta to meet their peers for a day of inspiration, fun, camaraderie, and participate in our Leadership Development Institute, an intensive leadership training session facilitated by 30 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni.
25 Coca-Cola Scholars partnered with Amplify 4 Good to use entrepreneurial methodologies to create innovative solutions for 2 Scholar-led nonprofits and our own organization. In just 5 hours, groups brainstormed ways to improve their processes, and 4 judges selected the most impactful solution.
Guillermo Morales, 2007
Why Should You Give Back?
Every time you reengage with Coca-Cola Scholars, to give time, dollars or other support, you're investing in the future of our Program. In 2015, these are the young leaders—and bright futures—your involvement benefits.
With your help, we can realize the power
of the network together.
Before our next Leadership Summit in 2018, let's
Activate 4 more #CokeScholarsPro and #CokeScholarsServe events.
Update all 28 years of Scholar information in our Portal.
Leverage all 16 of our regional Scholar hubs around the country.
Engage 1000+ Scholars to invest in the Legacy Fund.
Thank You, From All of Us.
Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership, Alumni Advisors,
Board of Directors and Staff
This Was Our Year.
2016 Can Be Yours.
Connect or reconnect with Coca-Cola Scholars to invest in our future and the bright future of business, politics, entrepreneurship, and innovation that our current Scholars and alumni embody.
|Mr. Ishan Johnson||2001||Fairmont Hotels and Resorts||Sales|
|Mr. Aaron Chadbourne||2002||Office of the Governor - ME|
|Mrs. Solita Riley||1993||NYC Department of Parks and Rec||Director of Employment Counseling|
|Mr. Darien Dabney||2005||Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta||Senior Business Analyst|
|Mrs. Kimberly Rash||1990||Outshine LLC||Founder|
|Mr. Greg Melia||1989||American Society of Association Executives||Sr. Dir. Credentialing|
|Lillian Singh||2000||Child Trends||Senior Research Analyst|
|Ms. Nola Weinstein||2001||Head of Executive Engagement|
|Mrs. Valerie Love||1990||Community Volunteer||Stay at home Mom|
|Mr. Michael Hanley||1996||Towers Watson||Retirement Actuary|
|Mr. James Jaxon||1994||Credit Suisse First Boston||Equity Derivatives|
|Mr. John Batson||2001||Rubicon Project||VP, Publishers|
|Ms. Sandra Lee||1993||Federal Reserve Bank of New York||Attorney|
|Mr. Kearby Kaiser||2000||BJB Partner, LLC||Real Estate Development, Director of Marketing|
|Mr. Rommel Oates||1997||Praxair, Inc.||Director of Hydrogen Product Mgmt.|
|Mr. Marc Eichenbaum||2000||City of Houston- Housing & Community Development||Chief Government & Public Affairs Officer|
|Mr. Frank Shultz||1999||Queue in the Cloud|
|Mrs. Andrea Young||1990||Watkins, Ludlam, Winter & Stennis, PA||Government Affairs Representative (Lobbyist)|
|Gabriella Maris||2001||MUSC - College of Medicine||Medical Doctor|
|Mr. Torarie Durden||1994||Healthgrades||Senior Director|
Presenting, Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors
The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Bottlers' Association
Sucocitrico Cutrale Ltda
Delta Air Lines
Tampa Juice Service & TicoFrut
D.D. Williamson & Company, Inc.
Peace River Citrus Products
Archer Daniels Midland
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
Terrell Leadership Group
Tate & Lyle
Jones Lang Lasalle
Automatic Bar Controls, Inc. - Wunder-Bar
Ajinomoto North America, Inc. - Nutrition & Health
Closure Systems International
Flik Hospitality Group
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Cornelius & Display Technologies
King & Spalding, LLP
Brightbox Charge, Inc.
Starcom MediaVest Group
KHS USA, Inc.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
McKinsey & Company
Ernst & Young LLP
Graham Packaging Company
Graphic Packaging International
Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Bain & Company, Inc.
The Northern Trust Company
Go! Experience Design
Starwood Hotel Group
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Reading Committee Participants
|Mr. Philip McAdoo||1989||Pace Academy||Director of Diversity|
|Mr. Jamaal Barnes||2005||McKinsey & Co.||Recruiting Director, Dartmouth & MIT|
|Mr. Luis Sotelo||2007||EducationQuest Foundation||College Planning Specialist|
|Mrs. Rosanna Catalano Flury||1990||Florida State University||College of Law - Director, Placement Office|
|Mr. Arthur Damon Jones||1999||University of Chicago||Assistant Professor|
|Mr. Daniel C. Walls||Marist School||College Counselor|
|Ms. Leslie Butterfield||Portland Public Schools||Retired Vice Principal|
|Ms. Marlena Parker||Emory University||Assistant Director, Scholarships|
|Dr. John Latting||Emory University||Ass VP Undergrad Enrollment/ Dean of Admissions|
|Mr. Donald Bishop||University of Notre Dame||Associate VP Undergraduate Enrollment|
|Ms. Lynn Castellano||Division Avenue High School||School Counselor|
|Ms. Sunie Killam||Putnam City North High School||Administrator|
|Mr. Torey Wilson||Princeton University Preparatory Program||Associate Director|
|Dr. Sarbeth Fleming||Westminster Schools The||College Counselor|
|Ms. Ashley Miller||South Cobb High School||Guidance Counselor|
|Mr. Neil Clark||The Walker School||Dean of College Counseling and Guidance|
|Mr. Barkley Barton III||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Assistant Director|
|Ms. Mary Haynes||Daniels Fund Scholarship||Scholarship Relations Officer|
|Ms. Laura Martin||Agnes Scott College||VP for Enrollment|
|Ms. Carmen Lopez||College Horizons, Inc||Executive Director|
|Ms. Angela Bugayong||College Success Foundation||Program Officer-Recruitment & Selection|
|Mr. Fumio Sugihara||Juniata College||Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions|
|Ms. Debi Hudson||Saint Teresa'S Academy||Director of College Counseling|
|Ms. Alice Cheung||Robertson Scholars Program||Assistant Director, Marketing & Selection|
|Ms. Tiffany Anderson||Boettcher Foundation||Director, Scholarship Progam|
|Mr. Alberto Pimentel||Los Angeles Harbor College||Adjunct Professor|
|Mr. Jamie Williams||Clemson University||Director, National Scholars Program|
Leadership Development Institute Facilitators
|Ms. Heidi Koester Oliveira||2001||The Coca-Cola Company||Manager, International Public Affairs|
|Mr. Arthur Abrams||2001||The Coca-Cola Company||Global Senior Brand Mgr. on Sprite & Adults|
|Mr. Benjamin Obomanu||2002||National Football League||Professional Athlete|
|Mr. David Buckholtz||1993||Sony Pictures Entertainment||Senior Vice President, Corporate Information Techn|
|Mr. Philip McAdoo||1989||Pace Academy||Director of Diversity|
|Mr. Jason Shanker||1991||Clear Tech Advice||President|
|Mr. Chad Little||1998||BYU Marriott School||Director of Marketing and Public Relations|
|Mrs. Lesley Wainwright||1994||Turner Broadcasting System||Senior Counsel|
|Dr. Jamie Lathan||1996||N.C. School of Science and Math||History Instructor|
|Ms. Carrie Regan||1989||Scripps Networks||Director of Programming and Development|
|Mr. Rodolfo Fernandez||1991||University of Miami||Vice President for Government Affairs|
|Miss Micaela Connery||2004||Unified Theater||Executive Director and Founder|
|Mrs. Jany Brown||1992||UBS Financial Services Inc.||Vice President, Wealth Management|
|Ms. Megan Harney||2004||Microsoft||Program Manager|
|Mr. Tim McCallum||1991||Raze Media||President and CEO|
|Ms. Julie Gehrki||1998||WalMart Foundation||Senior Director, Business Integration|
|Mrs. Precious Owodunni||1993||Mountaintop Consulting||President, Business Consultant & Executive Coach|
|Ms. Angela Harrell||1991||Voya Foundation||Head, Foundation & Office Corporate Responsibility|
|Ms. Veronica Jung||1993||U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division||Trial Attorney|
|Mr. Mehul Patel||1994||Empire State Development||Chief of Staff|
|Ms. Jolene Loetscher||1997||Mudmile Communications||Founder|
|Mr. Daron Roberts||1997||University of Texas - Austin||Founding Director of Institute for Sports Leadersh|
|Mr. Christopher Leahy||1999||RAI Insurance Group||Principal, Chief Operating Officer|
|Miss Michaella Gallina||2006||Boulder Brands||Director of Finance, Investor Relations, Corp Dev.|
|Ms. Susan Suh||1992||The Rockefeller Foundation||Chief Talent Officer|
|Ms. Mary Kathryn Covert Steel||2003||Sanofi||US Spokesperson|
|Ms. Wendi Adelson||1997||Self Employed||Immigration Attorney, Writer, Speaker|
|Mrs. Rosalyn Kennedy||1997||Director of Executive Communications|
|Mr. Jason Feldman||1990||Amazon||Director of Global Innovation|
|Mr. Kevin Chung||1990||Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC||Director, Corporate Compliance & Employment Law|
The Coca-Cola Company
Armstrong World Industries
Wells Fargo GoodWorks
Friends of the Foundation
American Beverage Association, in honor of Claude Nielsen
Ms. Megan E. Barber*
Mr. J. Mark Davis*
Ms. Debbie Goins*
Ms. Penny Holt*
Ms. Jane Hale Hopkins*
Mrs. Kathryn H. Hopkins, in memory of Peggy Davis
Mr. Gary and Mrs. Margo McCoy Howe*
Mr. Ryan R. Rodriguez*
*Denotes gifts or additional gifts made in honor of Patti Ross.
2015 Scholar List
|Leila Abdelrahman||Miami, FL||Stanford University|
|Esteban Abeyta||Espanola, NM||University of New Mexico|
|Victor Agbafe||Wilmington, NC||Harvard University|
|Shruti Aggarwal||Oak Park, CA||University of California-Berkeley|
|Perry Alagappan||Houston, TX||Stanford University|
|Jude Alawa||Miami, FL||Yale University|
|Jack Andraka||Crownsville, MD||Stanford University|
|Michael Anthony||Centennial, CO||University of Denver|
|Sabrina Aponte||Chicago, IL||University of Pennsylvania|
|Emily Ashkin||Matthews, NC||Rice University|
|Sreya Atluri||Centreville, VA||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill|
|Amadou Bah||Atlanta, GA||Stanford University|
|Esha Bansal||Indialantic, FL||University of Pennsylvania|
|Gavin Becker||Nevis, MN||University of North Dakota|
|Benjamin Beltran||Nevada City, CA||Stanford University|
|Kawther Berhanu||Snellville, GA||Georgetown University|
|Michael Bervell||Snohomish, WA||Harvard University|
|Kevin Biju||Collegeville, PA||Yale University|
|Madelyn Bollig||Fort Collins, CO||Vanderbilt University|
|Wyatt Booth||Newport News, VA||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Erika Cabrera||Bronx, NY||Dartmouth College|
|Samuel Cahoon||Twin Falls, ID||Brigham Young University|
|Matthew Cappucci||Plymouth, MA||Harvard University|
|Janelle Chavez||Port Isabel, TX||University of Texas - Austin|
|Jiningnan Chen||Lexington, KY||Stanford University|
|Ria Chhabra||Plano, TX||University of Pennsylvania|
|Sydney Creager||Crowder, OK||Oklahoma State University|
|Mitashee Das||Bronx, NY||Princeton University|
|Samarth Desai||Nashua, NH||Duke University|
|Valerie Ding||Portland, OR||Stanford University|
|Paul Duke||League City, TX||Rice University|
|Kimberly Foreiter||North Miami Beach, FL||Mount Holyoke College|
|Justin Garrard||Lebanon, IN||University of Notre Dame|
|Janice Guallpa||Roseville, MN||University of Minnesota|
|Wilson Guo||Moscow, ID||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill|
|Shrey Gupta||Scottsdale, AZ||Stanford University|
|Jocelyn Hernandez-Vazquez||San Antonio, TX||Harvard University|
|Curtis Hsu||Troy, MI||Harvard University|
|Shane Hulse||Fairfax Station, VA||New York University|
|Joseph Hurlocker||Kokomo, IN||Stanford University|
|Sarah Jenkins||Kaunakakai, HI||Duke University|
|Raina Kadavil||White Plains, NY||Boston University|
|Sydney Kamen||Washington, DC||Dartmouth College|
|Athena Kan||Clarksville, MD||Harvard University|
|Ariel Kantor||Chapel Hill, NC||Duke University|
|Ellen Kendall||Ft. Mitchell, KY||Case Western Reserve University|
|Rachel Kim||Ames, IA||Harvard University|
|Bethany Kirkpatrick||Franklin, TN||Davidson College|
|Daniel Kwon||Lakewood, CO||Duke University|
|Timothy Lann||Bellingham, WA||Stanford University|
|Stephanie Levine||Pinecrest, FL||Yale University|
|Rachel Ley||Stevens Point, WI||University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|Sharon Li||Manvel, TX||Yale University|
|Siqi Liu||Naperville, IL||Harvard University|
|John Lohmann||Henrico, VA||Princeton University|
|Catherine Lucchi||Shamokin Dam, PA||Gap Year-Taiwan|
|Clara Ma||Lenexa, KS||Yale University|
|Lilly Makee||Chesterland, OH||Miami University|
|Karen Malacon||Cerritos, CA||Harvard University|
|Madison Maloney||Greenville, NC||North Carolina State University|
|Abhishek Mangla||Santa Clara, CA||University of California-Berkeley|
|Zachary Marcone||Fort Salonga, NY||Columbia University|
|Macy Marek||Riverside, IA||Iowa State University|
|Lauren Maunus||Palm City, FL||Brown University|
|Shelbi McCall||Mayo, FL||Santa Fe College|
|Guy McEleney||Long Beach, CA||Harvard University|
|Bélen Mella||Sunny Isles Beach, FL||Harvard University|
|Daniela Michanie||Miami, FL||Brandeis University|
|Jared Michaud||Fort Kent, ME||Yale University|
|Blake Miller||Crestline, OH||Ohio State University|
|Ja'Laquan Mitchell||Dayton, OH||Dartmouth College|
|Anabel Moreno-Mendez||Umatilla, OR||Dartmouth College|
|Isaiah Murray||San Antonio, TX||Cornell University|
|Drew Myers||Murrysville, PA||Pennsylvania State University|
|Naily Nevarez||Aurora, OR||University of Oregon at Eugene|
|Anika Nishat||Indianapolis, IN||Princeton University|
|Zaria Noble||Denver, CO||Alabama State University|
|Jeffrey Noonan||Colchester, CT||University of Connecticut|
|Anita Norman||Arlington, TN||Yale University|
|Graham Novak||NAPERVILLE, IL||Washington & Lee University|
|Grace O'Brien||Rancho Santa Margarita, CA||Stanford University|
|Joseph Orosco||POMONA, CA||Trinity College|
|Sydney Oswald||Denver, CO||University of Chicago|
|Edith Otabil||Worcester, MA||College of the Holy Cross|
|Alka Pai||Redmond, WA||Brown University|
|Aneesh Pappu||Pullman, WA||Stanford University|
|Matthew Parodi||Louisburg, KS||Princeton University|
|Jessica Pasquarello||Philadelphia, PA||University of Georgia|
|Janki Patel||West Chicago, IL||Illinois Institute of Technology|
|Reesab Pathak||Camas, WA||Stanford University|
|Mark Payton||Smithfield, KY||University of Kentucky|
|Ayleen Perry||Las Vegas, NV||Southern Utah University|
|Oliver Piltch||Santa barbara, CA||Harvard University|
|Anna Raheem||Collierville, TN||Harvard University|
|Anne Raheem||Collierville, TN||Harvard University|
|Cindy Rajkumar||Ocoee, FL||University of Miami|
|Akshay Ramaswamy||Mohegan Lake, NY||Stanford University|
|Anika Ranginani||Burr Ridge, IL||University of Pennsylvania|
|Bovey Rao||Draper, UT||Harvard University|
|Suraj Renganathan||Fort Collins, CO||University of Denver|
|Devyn Rigsby||Chicago, IL||Yale University|
|Marc Robert Wong||San Francisco, CA||Stanford University|
|Jackson Roberts||Kansas City, MO||Washington & Lee University|
|Patricia Rodarte||El Paso, TX||Brown University|
|Jacqueline Roman||Coshocton, OH||Ohio State University|
|Sarah Rominger||New Palestine, IN||Purdue University|
|Matthew Salit||Seekonk, MA||University of Virginia|
|O'Brian Santos||South Gate, CA||University of California - Irvine|
|Benjamin Schafer||Orchard Park, NY||Harvard University|
|Haylie Schmoll||Newark, OH||Otterbein University|
|Martin Schneider||Dresher, PA||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Kathleen Schwind||Arroyo Grande, CA||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Dominic Scicchitano||BERWICK, PA||Bucknell University|
|Meena Sengottuvelu||Clarksville, MD||University of Maryland - College Park|
|Paul Serrato||Winder, GA||Stanford University|
|Bushra Shahid||Chicago, IL||University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign|
|Ahmad Shawwal||Fredericksburg, VA||University of Virginia|
|Sydney Sherman||Wrightstown, PA||University of Texas at Dallas|
|Emma Shibley||Dayton, OH||Miami University|
|Kathryn Simonds||Boise, ID||University of California-Berkeley|
|Samantha Smith||Bellaire, TX||Princeton University|
|Hunter Snowden||Lantana, TX||Duke University|
|Lisa Sobajian||Los Angeles, CA||Stanford University|
|Casey Sokolovic||Winterville, NC||North Carolina State University|
|Aditya Sood||Alpharetta, GA||University of Georgia|
|Alex Stoken||Tempe, AZ||University of Arizona|
|James Sykes||Saint Louis, MO||Saint Louis University|
|Shanzé Tahir||Zionsville, IN||Brown University|
|Nikhil Thakkar||Burlington, MA||Columbia University|
|Erin Thomas||Culver, IN||American University|
|Courtney Thurston||Des Moines, IA||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|Gloria Tso||Bartlesville, OK||Columbia University|
|Amanda Upton||Pauls Valley, OK||Oklahoma State University|
|Austin Verissimo||Newark, NJ||Duke University|
|Samuel Vilchez Santiago||Orlando, FL||Princeton University|
|Ilanna Villagran||San Antonio, TX||Georgetown University|
|Taylor Wagner||Harlan, IA||Briar Cliff College|
|Meredith Waites||Springfield, MO||Vanderbilt University|
|Netta Wang||San Mateo, CA||Stanford University|
|Austin Wang||Marietta, GA||Yale University|
|Jacob Warner||Alpine, UT||Brigham Young University|
|Deena Whitwam||Houlton, WI||University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|Eric Xiong||Lexington, KY||Yale University|
|Cooper Yerby||Overland Park, KS||University of Southern California|
|Laan Yeung||West Lafayette, IN||Harvard University|
|Ji Whan Yoon||Cypress, CA||Harvard University|
|Catherine Zhang||Wexford, PA||Harvard University|
|Ted Zhu||Diamond Bar, CA||Harvard University|
|Michael Zietz||Murfreesboro, TN||University of Pennsylvania|
|Ayyan Zubair||East Meadow, NY||SUNY College at Stony Brook|
ABARTA Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Atlantic Bottling Company
Big Springs, Inc. - Huntsville CCBC
C.C. Clark , Inc - Western Kentucky Clark
CCB Works of Pulaski
CCBC of Bemidji
CCBC of Columbus
CCBC of Ft. Smith, AR
CCBC of Hot Springs
CCBC of International Falls
CCBC of Minden
CCBC of Virginia
CCBC of Winfield
CCBC-Yakima and Tri Cities
Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country
Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Consolidated
Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc - Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc
Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works
Douglas County Bottling Co. - CCBC of Roseburg
Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Hancock Bottling Co.
Ketchikan Soda Works
Lehrkind's Coca-Cola Btlg. Co.
Louisa CCBC - Louisa CCBC
Love Bottling Co. - Love Bottling Co.
Maui Soda & Ice Works, Ltd.
Orangeburg Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Rock Hill, SC CCBC
Sitka Bottling Company
The Coca-Cola Company
Union City CCBC
Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Sara Volz won the top $100,000 award in the Intel Science Talent Search after conducting an experiment that prompted algae to increase oil production, resulting in the creation of a powerful alternative to energy from fossil fuel. Intel’s Search is a force in the quest to support students interested in STEM entrepreneurship and careers: over 2,900 finalists have received more than $13 million in awards to support their college educations, and thousands of semifinalists have received millions more. Take a look at what Sara is up to now as a student at MIT in this video created by Intel.
Sara Volz, 2013
Christopher Gray and his app, Scholly, have had an incredible year, first winning 1st place in Under Armour‘s pitch competition (an award of $75,000), an additional $5,000 from Salesforce, and making a deal on Shark Tank, trading $40,000 for a 15 percent stake with Lori Greiner and Daymond John. Scholly allows students and parents to search for college scholarships and is partnering with President Obama’s organization My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which will supply participants free access to the app. Watch Christopher’s pitch and the Shark fight that ensued here, and download it at the iTunes app store, where it’s a #1 rated app.
Christopher Gray, 2010
Neha Gupta became the first American to receive the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2014, receiving the honor for her work with Empower Orphans, an organization she began when 9 years old. The mission of Empower Orphans is to elevate the wellbeing of orphaned and underprivileged children and empower them to succeed, by helping them help themselves. Desmond Tutu presented Neha with her award in The Hague, Netherlands on the award’s 10th anniversary.
Neha Gupta, 2014
In 2014, the state of South Dakota established Jolene’s Law in honor of Coca-Cola Scholar Jolene Loetscher. The law creates a task force dedicated to researching the impact of child sexual abuse in South Dakota and works to generate legislative policies to prosecute and bring an end to this horrifying act. Further, despite opposition by some legislators in 2015 to continue the task force, South Dakota’s Governor announced an executive order in March 2015 allowing Jolene’s Law to continue its work.
Jolene Loetscher, 1997
A photograph taken by Julian Plowden of Atlanta’s August 2014 Ferguson solidarity march will be included in an upcoming exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Julian has been covering the Black Lives Matter movement throughout the United States, and his images have been exhibited at the Hammonds House Museum and Emory University. Read his interview with Atlanta’s Creative Loafing and visit his website, Candid in Atlanta to learn more. Julian was also interviewed on NPR station WABE 90.1’s City Lights, where he discussed several of his photos and his experience photographing #BlackLivesMatter protests.
Julian Plowden, 2010
Coca-Cola Scholar Ben Sasse topped his already impressive career in federal government, academia, and the private sector with his first term in Congress in 2014, becoming a Senator serving the state of Nebraska. He serves on the committees for Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Joint Economic Committee, and the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, to name just a few of his assignments. Read his story and learn more about how he connects his experience with the Scholars program to his current duties and philosophy here.
Ben Sasse, 1990
In 2014, Coca-Cola Scholars welcomed to its ranks a pioneering first: the youngest woman to be elected to Congress. Elise Sefanik now represents New York’s sprawling 21st district in the U.S. House of Representatives, making the 30-year-old Harvard graduate the youngest female ever elected to the post. Since joining her colleagues on the Hill, she’s been tasked with chairing the House Republican Policy Committee’s new Millennial Task Force to tackle issues facing her generation. Some GOP leaders are even calling her the future of the party. Read more about her experience with Coke Scholars and the connections built with us that follow her throughout her career.
Elise Sefanik, 2002
A part of the Venture Capital group, Chheda branched out to become Co-founder of Romulus Capital, a company keen to invest in early-stage start-ups and with a focus on “building great companies.” Their portfolio includes companies such as ScholarLocker, study aids, forums and support for medical students by others in their field; Gyft, an app that helps people buy, send and track gift cards; and Soundtracker, a music-sharing app that helps users discover what their friends and neighbors are listening to and make friends around the world through music.
Neil Chheda, 2004
Zachary received a Teen Nick HALO Award for July in honor of his non-profit SNAP, Inc., which he co-founded with his brother Matthew, who is 2009 a Coca-Cola Scholar. SNAP, Inc. stands for Special Needs Athletic Programs and helps children with autism through sports programs. 2014 Scholars Yash Gupta and Nicholas Cobb also received HALO Awards - Yash for his organization Sight Learning, which donates glasses to students in need, and Nicholas for his nonprofit Comfort and Joy that collects coats for the homeless.