For more than a quarter of a century, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has invested in students who have shown leadership potential, not only in academics, but most importantly, in dedication and actions that positively impact others. What these students have in common is a passion for service that was developed at an early age and continued throughout their college and professional careers. The lasting legacy of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is thousands of extraordinary individuals who are fulfilling the promise they showed when they were awarded their scholarships. Our ever-increasing network of Scholars is becoming a powerful force for positive change throughout the world.
To provide scholarship programs and lifelong enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional peoples’ thirst for knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world.
To develop an influential community of socially-conscious and service-minded leaders, connected by
Coca−Cola, who positively shape the world.
Board of Directors
Claude B. Nielsen
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Coca−Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.
Morgan H. Everett
Director, Community Relations
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
Vicki R. Palmer
Retired Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration
Coca−Cola Enterprises, Inc.
2005 Scholar & Alumni Advisory Board Co-Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Tava Indian Kitchen
John E. “Jack” Pelo
President & Chief Executive Officer
Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
President, Still Beverages
Coca-Cola North America
Chief Public Affairs & Communications Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
T. Martin Williams
Secretary & Treasurer
Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling
Mark has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 1987, helping Scholars by supporting their dreams of higher education. As President, he provides guidance throughout the selection process and manages Foundation resources. When he’s not in the office, Mark enjoys backpacking, books, movies and history.
“The most fulfilling thing about my job is seeing the amazing and far-reaching accomplishments of Coca-Cola Scholars. I am privileged to work with an incredibly talented team that is committed to our mission and I’m proud to be the only person who has met every Coca-Cola Scholar.”
Jane Hopkins joined the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in 2001, supporting Coca-Cola’s investment in Scholars through management of the Foundation’s staff, as well as all financial matters for the Foundation. Outside of the office, Jane is an avid runner whose best days begin with an early excursion through one of Atlanta’s parks. She also loves to read, particularly Southern fiction on the beach, and travel as often as possible.
“I get to work with eight people who challenge me, and over 5,550 Scholars who inspire me to continue to grow, explore the world and see no limit to what my own contribution can be. We are lucky to celebrate young people who push themselves beyond what they have been given to achieve great success.”
Jamie Williams joined the foundation in 2015 after almost 20 years advising high-achieving undergraduate and graduate student leaders at Clemson, Emory and Georgia State Universities. He focuses on engaging current undergraduate Scholars with each other and developing leadership and professional development opportunities. Jamie tries to read at least one book a week and see at least 40 new movies a year – recommendations for both are welcome on Twitter @JamieCCSF.
“My goal for my first year in this role is to hear from undergrad Coca-Cola Scholars how the Foundation can complement their campus-based programs to support their personal, professional and intellectual enrichment, and from alumni Scholars the real-world lessons the younger Scholars should learn while still in college.”
Carolyn Norton has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 2001 and maintains a dynamic relationship and connection between the Foundation’s nearly 5,600 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni across the country and the Foundation. Carolyn implements engagement opportunities that enrich the lives of our alumni and connects them to each other to further increase their impact. She also provides oversight of the Alumni Advisory Board, helping to align their goals with the Foundation’s strategic priorities. Prior to her work at the Scholars Foundation, she was a second grade teacher! Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys photography, poetry, being an aunt to her 5 nieces and nephews, traveling, and being involved in her church as a mentor and small group leader.
“I am blessed to be in a job that I love. Working with our alumni board, connecting with Coke Scholar alumni and finding ways to engage them is always exciting and fun. They are doing amazing things around the world, and I am grateful to be involved!”
Ericia Ward-Williams has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 2002 and manages the Scholar selection process. When Ericia is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and experiencing all of the great wonders life has to offer. There is always some new adventure.
“There is something very fulfilling about seeing a Scholar grow from a teenager making an impact in his or her local community, into a young man or woman making an impact on a greater scale and knowing that the work that you do on a daily basis helped facilitate their success in some small way.”
Lauren has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 2007 and showcases the inspirational work of Scholars and the Foundation. Away from the office, she enjoys teaching classes at a local dance studio and walking on the Atlanta Beltline with her husband, Matt.
“The most fulfilling thing about being a part of the Foundation is playing a small part in helping such deserving students realize their dream of going to college. The determination of Coca-Cola Scholars to make this world a better place for everyone is truly inspiring.”
Manager of Donor Engagement
Megan joined the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in January 2014 to help steward and expand our relationships with alumni, sponsors, partners, and friends. She works to support each of their unique interests in giving back to the Foundation—increasing alumni impact through the Legacy Fund and celebrating with sponsors at the annual Scholars Banquet. After finding her way to the scholarships world through communications and scholar relations at UNC-Chapel Hill, Megan brings a new energy to our program’s vision through the lens of our generous supporters. Now that she’s returned to her home state of Georgia, you can usually find Meg exploring Atlanta and stumbling upon something new every day. When she’s not in the office, she’s dancing and singing (sometimes in the office, too).
“It’s a joy to help Scholars and friends of the Foundation invest their ideas, time, and resources back into the program, paving the way for generations of Coca-Cola Scholars to come!””
LaQuanda Prince came to the Scholars Foundation in 2014 and helps Scholars use their award in a way that best suits their unique situation. A mother of three children, she enjoys attending their many sporting events and volunteering at their schools when away from the office.
“I am excited and blessed to be a member of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation team, doing what I love and interacting daily with these extraordinary Scholars.”
Emily joined the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in 2014 and implements organizational measures to help the Foundation reach its maximum potential. When away from the office, she enjoys yoga, swimming, and reading almost any book she can get her hands on.
“I am proud to serve with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in making the world a better place!”
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
PO Box 442
Atlanta, GA 30301