Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has helped dreams come true for more than 5,550 outstanding students. In high school, these students began their journey of academic excellence, positive leadership and dedication to service. They are continuing throughout their careers to serve others and realize their full potential to change the world and create an enduring legacy.

However, 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.

The Coca-Cola system believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities. We recognize and celebrate the young people across the country who share our commitment to make the world a better place.

Our Legacy

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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. NielsenClaude B. Nielsen
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Coca−Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.

Morgan EverettMorgan H. Everett
Director, Community Relations
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated

Julie Hamilton
Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

Vicki R. PalmerVicki R. Palmer
Retired Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration
Coca−Cola Enterprises, Inc.

Jason Pate, 2005 Scholar & Alumni Advisory Board Co-Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Tava Indian Kitchen

John E. "Jack" PeloJohn E. “Jack” Pelo
President & Chief Executive Officer
Swire Coca−Cola

Beatriz Perez
Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

Hendrik Steckham
President, Still Beverages
Coca-Cola North America

Clyde Tuggle
Chief Public Affairs & Communications Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

Kirk TylerKirk Tyler
Atlantic Bottling

T. Martin Williams
Secretary & Treasurer
Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling

Staff/Contact Us

J. Mark DavisJ. Mark Davis

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.”

Patti A. RossPatti A. Ross
Vice President

Patti Ross recently celebrated her 20th year at the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. With a background in education, Patti joined the Foundation staff in 1994 to oversee programs and the evaluation process. Today her primary focus is working with Coca-Cola Scholars in the area of emotional intelligence. Away from the office, she cherishes the time she spends with her five grandchildren (watching their EQ develop) and the rest of her family, gardening, exercise, reading and even playing a little Bridge with her husband.

“I’m so thankful for the privilege of reading the students’ applications, meeting them when they come to Atlanta for their Scholars Weekend and watching them progress through college to take their place as committed citizens. There is rarely a day that I don’t learn something new about life from a Coca-Cola Scholar.”

Jane Hale HopkinsJane Hale Hopkins
Vice President

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 for over 5,400 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.”

Carolyn NortonCarolyn Norton
Alumni Relations Manager

Carolyn Norton has been a part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation since 2001, helping Scholars by engaging and connecting with alumni throughout the network and communicating their stories. When she’s not personally interacting with Scholars, Carolyn enjoys photography, poetry, traveling, being involved in her church, leading small groups on mission trips and being an aunt to her five nieces and nephews.

“My job is fun because I get to engage with Coke Scholar alums, hear their amazing stories, connect them to each other and celebrate their successes. It truly is one big family that I’m blessed to be part of!”

Ericia Ward-WilliamsEricia Ward-Williams
Program Manager

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 SensabaughLauren O’Brien
Communications Manager

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.”

MEB profile photo_2Megan Barber
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 PrinceLaQuanda Prince
Finance Manager

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 AdamsEmily Adams
Office Manager

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