The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million, through two nationally recognized programs.
THE COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 28th class in 2016, the Foundation has provided over 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
Our application closed on October 31, 2015. It will reopen in August 2016 and will accept applications from those students graduating from high school in 2017.
Applicants must be:
- Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools)
- U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees
- Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application
- Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
- Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school
Applicants may not be:
- Children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries.
- DACA students
- International students (with the exception of students at DoD schools)
- High school graduates
- Temporary residents
THE COCA-COLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMIC TEAM The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation proudly continues its support of Two Year Colleges through the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program by providing up to $237,500 in stipends. 200 stipends are awarded annually across four tiers of recipients in varying amounts: Fifty New Century Gold Scholars are awarded $1,500, fifty Silver Scholars are awarded $1,250, and fifty Bronze Scholars are awarded $1,000. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, www.ptk.org.
Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise is Phi Theta Kappa’s first scholarship program available to its members to be used during the time they are enrolled in community colleges. 200 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded based on applications submitted by members. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, www.ptk.org.
What is the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation?
To celebrate Coca-Cola’s centennial in 1986, The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola bottlers came together to fund the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation. This commitment to education enables the Foundation to support over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca−Cola System.
The mission of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is 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.
What scholarships are available to prospective applicants, and who can apply?
CCSF awards funding through three scholarship programs each year:
- Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship – High school seniors with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA may apply on our website in August of their senior year until the October 31 deadline. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
- Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team – 50 Gold $1,500, 50 Silver $1,250, and 50 Bronze $1,000 scholarships. Current students at two-year community colleges may apply between October 1 and December 2. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, www.ptk.org.
- Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise – 180 scholarships of $1,000. Current students at two-year community colleges may apply between February 27 and April 30. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, www.ptk.org.
How do I apply for the Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship?
An initial application becomes available on our website in August each year. If you are at that time a high school senior with at least a 3.0 GPA, you may apply by completing the online application by the October 31 deadline. The application requires you to list your grades, school and community activities, and employment, but no essays or additional materials are required.
Can I mail in a paper application?
The Foundation accepts only online applications during the initial application phase.
What does the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation look for when selecting recipients?
Coca-Cola Scholars are well-rounded, bright students who not only excel academically, but are also actively involved in their school. These leaders are passionate, service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community.
Is the scholarship need-based?
No, the Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship is achievement-based.
How can the scholarship be used?
This scholarship is unique in that recipients have between 4-10 years to use their full award and may opt to defer all or part of the award within that 10 year timeframe.
In addition to using funds for tuition at an accredited college or university, Scholars may also use their funds for other educational expenses as specified by the Foundation, such as on-campus housing, a computer, and textbooks.
What are the benefits of becoming a Scholar?
In addition to the monetary award, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation greatly values staying connected to their recipients even after college. The Foundation hosts frequent receptions for Scholars throughout the country and also invites Scholars from all classes to return to Atlanta for a Leadership Summit every five years to engage in interactive sessions developed by alumni.
The Coca-Cola Scholar Foundation’s vision is to develop a powerful network of community leaders, touched by Coca-Cola, whose vision will help shape the world, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.
What about applicants who have parents affiliated with Coca-Cola?
If your parent is a Coca-Cola employee, you may not apply for the Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship. Please contact Scholarship America at 1-800-537-4180 for information about scholarship opportunities through the Goizueta Scholars Fund.
Who can you contact to find out more information about the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation or any prospective scholarship?
Contact us at 1-800-306-2653 Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is committed to aiding as many students as we can. However, due to the large number of applications and our limited resources, we are able to award only a small percentage of scholarships. To aid in the quest for financial aid, we are sharing the following list of scholarship resources.
Please note the deadlines and eligibility requirements. We wish all students the best as they endeavor to continue their educations.
www.finaid.org – links to: scholarships, grants, loans, graduate aid
www.studentaid.ed.gov – information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school
www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org – this site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable
SEARCH ENGINES AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
www.myscholly.com – mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college (created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
www.fastweb.com – create a profile and let fastweb do the research for you
www.cashcourse.org – information for college students to stay financially informed
www.cksf.org – educational & scholarship opportunities for students of all levels
www.cappex.com – free website where you learn which colleges want you, before you apply
www.scholarships.com – free college scholarship search and financial aid information
www.scholarshipamerica.org – provides information and resources for your scholarship search
www.meritaid.com – free source for $11 billion in merit aid scholarships from 1,000s of colleges
www.knowhow2go.org – complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors
www.latinocollegedollars.org – scholarship information for Latino students
www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net – provide scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
www.gmsp.org – The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose
www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)
www.collegefund.org – provides Native students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities
www.dellscholars.org – Dell Scholars Program recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance
www.uncf.org – awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board
www.chegg.com – connect with scholarships and learn about colleges
HOW-TO PROGRAMS AND BOOKS
www.scholarshipacademy.org – offers curriculum to help students identify tailored scholarship options and build solid scholarship profile
For Information regarding our scholarship programs, please use the specific contact information listed below.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Toll Free 800.306.2653
Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team Program