The Application Process

Annually, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation receives thousands of applications from high school seniors and we review every one carefully. The selection process we have developed ensures that each year we award scholarships to those who are most committed to positive leadership in
serving others and to academic excellence.

1. Apply Online

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. To prepare for when our application will open, visit our “Before You Apply” page.

2. Submit Application
Do not forget to click submit once you are done! A submission confirmation will appear after you click submit.

3. Semifinalist Selection
We review all online submissions and applicants learn by mid-November whether they will become one of the roughly 2,200 Semifinalists.

4. Submit Additional Material
The Semifinalists submit additional materials by late December. Materials include a biographical questionnaire, official transcript, essays and recommendations.

5. Program Review Committee
The Program Review Committee, which includes former Scholars, reviews Semifinalist applications in early January.

6. Regional Finalist Selection
Semifinalists learn by late January if they will be one of 250 Regional Finalists. Regional Finalists will receive at minimum a $1,000 educational stipend.

7. Regional Interviews
Regional Finalists schedule interviews either in person or via video conference to take place in early February.

8. Coca-Cola Scholar Selection
After regional interviews, 150 Regional Finalists will be named Coca-Cola Scholars. Regional Finalists who do not advance will receive a $1,000 educational stipend. Coca-Cola Scholars will all be awarded $20,000 in scholarship funds.

9. Scholars Weekend in Atlanta
The 150 Coca-Cola Scholars attend the 2016 Scholars Weekend March 31 – April 3, where they meet their peers for a time of inspiration, fun, and camaraderie. Scholars participate in the Leadership Development Institute, an intensive leadership training during Scholars Weekend that challenges the newest class of Coca-Cola Scholars to develop an inside-out leadership philosophy.

Want to learn more about what it is like to experience Scholars Weekend? Read about it first hand from 3 of our 2015 Scholars!

10. The Alumni Family
The Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend marks the beginning of a lifelong connection among new scholarship recipients and the extended family of thousands of Coca-Cola Scholars.