Coca-Cola Announces New Selection Process of 150 $20,000 Scholarship Winners

In 1986, the Coca-Cola System announced the establishment of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation to shape a better future for the communities in which we do business through the support of exceptionally talented high school seniors’ aspirations for higher education. As we celebrate the Foundation’s 25th Class this year, we acknowledge that it has been our good fortune to have invested more than $50 million in 5,250 students who represent the most promising qualities of American youth throughout this country: academic excellence, positive leadership and a dedication to service. These students have a vision for positive change that is truly shaping a better future for our world and leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

To invest all we can in our Scholars, Coca-Cola remains committed to keeping our scholarships meaningful and relevant. Over the last 10 years, the cost of education at a four year institution has increased dramatically. We recognize the impact of this change and the evolving financial aid needs of students today.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, we will modify our selection process to award 150 Coca-Cola Scholars at $20,000 scholarship each, totaling $3 million in scholarship awards each year. This is an increase of 100 $20,000 scholarship winners from previous years. These 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will travel to Atlanta to compete for additional funds to celebrate and commend the noble impact they have already had in their communities. This commitment will support Scholars as they build better communities and, over time, a better world. It is our privilege to serve these young leaders.

Q & A

How is the selection process changing?
The initial online application and the semifinalist process will remain the same. The online application will yield 2,000 semifinalists who will be asked to complete an additional semifinalist application. A reading committee made up of college admissions counselors and high school college advisors will review each application and select 250 regional finalists.  Each of the 250 regional finalists will then be asked to take part in a regional interview.  These finalists will be evaluated based on both the interview and the semifinalist application, and 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will be selected to receive a $20,000 scholarship. The 100 remaining regional finalists will receive a $1,000 educational stipend.  The 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will travel to Atlanta and have the opportunity to compete for 10 additional $10,000 awards.

Why the change?
The cost of college has increased dramatically over the past ten years.  In an effort to keep our scholarships relevant, we are increasing the number of $20,000 scholarship winners by 100 recipients.  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.  Awarding all Coca-Cola Scholars $20,000 will develop a cohesive cohort of positive change agents and visionary leaders.

What will the regional interviews be like?
Once a student is designated a regional finalist, an invitation will be sent to schedule a regional interview.  Depending on where the student is located, the interview will be in person or via web conference.  To leverage the great resource and asset of our past scholarship recipients, we are excited to announce that Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni will be conducting these regional interviews.  This will also extend the selection process into the communities served by Coca-Cola bottlers and it will further enhance bottler investment in their communities.

What is happening to the former regional scholarships?
All Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards will now be raised to the $20,000 level, and 100 Regional Finalists will be awarded a $1,000 educational stipend.  We continue to support the same number of students, only in different amounts in order to be more in touch with the needs of today’s students.

2013-14 Timeline

August 2013 Online Application Opens
October 31 Online Application Deadline
Mid-November Semifinalists Notified
December 27 Semifinalist Application Deadline
Mid-January 2014 Regional Finalists Notified
Late January – Early February Regional Interviews
Late February Coca-Cola Scholars Notified
April 3-5 Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend in Atlanta

 

2013 Banquet Celebrates 25th Class of Coca-Cola Scholars

Our annual tradition of celebrating and welcoming the new class of Coca-Cola Scholars was held last week. The 2013 Banquet featured renowned journalist Tom Brokaw as an honored guest and the Keynote Speaker. Here are a few videos from that night.

The Banquet in Atlanta, Georgia, was opened by Jourdan Urbach (’09). Jourdan was later joined by Karen Baluso in another moving piece.

This video kicked off the induction of the Class of 2013 Coca-Cola Scholars welcoming them to the 5,000+ strong alumni family.

Tom Brokaw addressed the 2013 Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet, welcoming the 25th Class of Scholars. Mr. Brokaw was later joined by Scholars Jamie Lathan (’96), Ryan McCannell (’89), and Kate Sullivan (’94) in a great conversation about education, global development, and the global advancement of women.

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2012 Coca-Cola Scholars with The Coca-Cola Company Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United/CCSF Chairman Claude Nielsen and special guest, world renowned actor and philanthropist Morgan Freeman.

Last week, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation welcomed the 24th Class of Coca-Cola Scholars into a family that will last a lifetime. These 253 high school seniors are characterized by their academic excellence, community leadership and most importantly, their desire to make the world a better place.

This year’s class of Scholars represents 248 U.S. high schools across all 50 states, selected from more than 80,000 applicants. Fifty of these Scholars will receive four-year $20,000 scholarships and 200 will receive four-year scholarships.

Since its founding 26 years ago through a partnership between the U.S. Coca-Cola bottling community and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation (CCSF) has provided more than $48 million in scholarships to 5,000 students nationwide. Last year, in honor of Coca-Cola’s 125th Anniversary, system leaders helped ensure this legacy will continue when they announced a pledge of $25 million in new funding to the Foundation.

Celebrating Young Difference-Makers

The celebration of this year’s class of Coca-Cola Scholars began last Thursday with a special ceremony uniting more than 1,100 leaders, partners, friends and family of Coca-Cola including Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United/CCSF Chairman Claude Nielsen, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, UN Ambassador Andrew Young and special guest, world renowned actor and philanthropist Morgan Freeman.

During the event, the Scholars were recognized in a procession and then spent time amongst all of the guests, sharing stories of how they have already been working to change their communities for the better, from volunteering with local charitable organizations to starting up some of their own cause-related programs.

Committ Celebrate ConnectA centerpiece of the event was a special on-stage Q&A between Kent and Freeman featuring questions submitted by the Scholars. The Oscar-award winning actor, who spent extra time with the Scholars before the ceremony, discussed his journey to professional acclaim, his passionate support of education and the importance of following your dreams.  He left the Scholars with these final words: “Just don’t stop – if you don’t ever quit, I guarantee, you’re going to get there.”

Kent wrapped up the evening with more words of encouragement for the fearless young leaders, as he told them with confidence, “You have the power to change the world forever.”

An Enduring Commitment to Community

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Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni in Texas partnered with Keep Houston Beautiful for a clean-up at Japhet Creek

To acknowledge the special commitment to community that all Coca-Cola Scholars share, each year the new class participates in a community service project during their weekend in Atlanta. As a perfect way to celebrate Earth Month, the Scholars painted 75 rain barrels (55-gallon syrup concentrate drums donated by Coca-Cola) for water conservation. Twenty of the barrels will be auctioned off on eBay with proceeds going to the 2012 Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Summit and the rest will be donated to local charities and schools.

For the first time, Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni and their Coca-Cola families across the country joined in this tradition by organizing local community service events of their own. As part of the first “Coca-Cola Scholars National Day of Service,” 17 events are taking place across our U.S. regions, ranging from rain barrel workshops to beach clean-ups to active healthy living activities. More than 500 Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni are participating along with hundreds more Coca-Cola employees, partners, friends and families.

A Connection That Lasts a Lifetime

When they arrive on college campuses across the country this fall, the 24th class of Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed by upperclassmen who share the same distinction. And after they graduate, they will join an extended family of more than 5,000 Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni who stay connected through regional councils and special events. They also stay in touch with their local Coca-Cola bottling facilities to organize community service efforts and make an even greater impact together.

This lasting connection, camaraderie and sense of family sets the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation apart from other scholarship programs.

“Our goal is to foster enrichment opportunities and continue our relationships with these students not only through their four years of college, but many years later as they start their careers and become leaders in their communities,” said Mark Davis, President of CCSF.  “Scholars tell us that while the money is great, the relationships they form are more valuable than anything else. Because of our incredible Coca-Cola family in the U.S., mentorships often lead to job opportunities, and connections create community service opportunities and lifelong friendships. I’m proud and humbled to be part of such a powerful program.”

J. Mark Davis Named International Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa

Jackson, MS – J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation and Treasurer of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees, will be named an International Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa during the Society’s 2011 Annual Convention in Seattle April 7-9.

This recognition is considered the highest honor provided a non-member by Phi Theta Kappa. Nomination for the award is provided by the Executive Director for consideration by the Executive Committee, comprised of five student international officers. This award is not given every year, only when an individual has been identified who has over time provided extraordinary support to Phi Theta Kappa. Over the nearly 100 years of Phi Theta Kappa’s existence, only 35 recipients have been named.

Some past recipients of the award include Tom Curly, former publisher of USA TODAY and current President of the Associated Press; Bob Dubill, former executive editor of USA TODAY; Dr. George Boggs, former president of AACC; and Dr. Douglas W. Foard, former secretary of Phi Beta Kappa.

“For more than a decade, as President of the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation, Mark Davis has demonstrated keen interest in and provided financial support to our hard-working, determined, disciplined, and outstanding members,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. “First, in 2001 he supported the establishment of the Centennial Scholars program, marking the 100th anniversary of community colleges, which has continued as the New Century Scholar Program that recognizes 52 students with stipends of $2,000 each. The program is co-sponsored with the Coca−Cola Foundation. A total of $1,100,000 has been awarded to our students through this program – $550,000 coming from the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation.

“Davis also approached Phi Theta Kappa with the idea of establishing the Coca−Cola Community College Academic Team — providing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, 50 Bronze Scholars, and 150 finalists — with $337,500 annually in scholarships. In 2011 rather than awarding 150 finalists, Davis requested that the funds to be directed to Phi Theta Kappa’s Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. This year a total of 180 Coca−Cola Leaders of Promise scholarships will be awarded — 30 funded by Phi Theta Kappa and 150 by the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation. Over the past 11 years, the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation alone has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarship funds for outstanding community college students.

“I am truly honored by this recognition. I have great admiration for the work of Phi Theta Kappa, as it is truly focused on providing the best experiences for students at two-year institutions,” Davis said. “To be made an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa is very humbling.

“Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,270 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually.

Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation Names Semifinalists for Class of 2011!

For Immediate Release

Prestigious Scholarship Program
Will Award $3 Million in April 2011

ATLANTA, November 29, 2010 – The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation has recognized 2,100 exceptional students as semifinalists for the Foundation’s Class of 2011. In April 2011, the Foundation will award $3 million in scholarships.

“As a leading scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Mark Davis, president of the Foundation. “With the economy continuing to affect many students ability to attend the college of their choice, it is critical that we stay the course. The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation received nearly 71,000 applications this year, and the semifinalists are truly some of the most accomplished students in the country.”

Semifinalists were chosen from an initial applicant pool representing approximately 26,000 high schools nationwide. As semifinalists, students must submit additional information that will be reviewed in January 2011 by a committee comprised of 30 educators from high schools and universities throughout the United States. If advanced, the students will be among a total of 252 finalists who will travel to Atlanta April 14 – 17, 2011 to attend the Coca−Cola Scholars Weekend. During their visit they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designated as either a National or Regional Scholar. The 50 National Scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship award, while the 200 Regional Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Two additional $20,000 scholarships are awarded by the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation, including the Coca−Cola Emory Scholarship and the Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca−Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca−Cola Company, is one of the largest and most recognized corporate-sponsored, achievement scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. With the 2010 Class of Coca−Cola Scholars, the foundation will have awarded more than 4,700 Coca−Cola Scholars with more than $44 million in scholarships. The program was created 25 years ago in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca−Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships.

Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation Seeks Applicants For Its 2011 Class

ATLANTA, – The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation, a non-profit organization created to support the higher education of deserving high school seniors in the United States, is accepting college scholarship applications now through October 31, 2010 at www.coca-colascholars.org.

Each year the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation awards a total of $3 million in achievement-based four-year college scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors from communities across the nation. The Foundation annually awards 200 Regional scholarships of $10,000 each and 50 National scholarships of $20,000 each. The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation evaluates applicants on the basis of demonstrated leadership in academics, school, community and civic activities, as well as personal character and the motivation to serve and succeed.

Applications are available at www.coca-colascholars.org and must be completed online and submitted by October 31, 2010 of the student’s senior year. Criteria for the application and frequently asked questions are also available on the website or by calling (800) 306-2653 for more information. The scholarship is open to all high school seniors in the United States.

The Coca−Cola Scholars Program, which will mark its 23nd year of awarding scholarships with the Scholars Class of 2011, is one of the most-recognized and respected corporate sponsored scholarships in America. The program was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca−Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships. Including the 2010 Class of Coca−Cola Scholars, there are now 4,529 Coca−Cola Scholars who have benefited from nearly $42 million in scholarship awards.

Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation Names Class of 2010!

ATLANTA, February 5, 2010 – The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation has recognized 253 of America’s outstanding high school seniors as Finalists and members of the Class of 2010 Coca−Cola Scholars. The 253 students have all demonstrated excellence in academics and civic leadership in extracurricular activities and in their communities. Later this spring, the foundation will award $20,000 national scholarships for college to 53 of the finalists and $10,000 regional scholarships for college to 200 of the finalists.

The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca−Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca−Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. Including the 2010 Class of Coca−Cola Scholars, the foundation has awarded more than 4,529 Coca−Cola Scholars with nearly $42 million in scholarships. 2010 marks the 22nd consecutive year the foundation has awarded scholarships.

“The recipients represent extraordinary high school seniors from every state that have shown a resolute commitment to their studies, their schools and their communities,” said Claude Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation and Chairman and CEO of Coca−Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. “The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name them as 2010 Coca−Cola Scholars.”

The scholars will compete for the national scholarships of $20,000 and regional scholarships of $10,000 during the Coca−Cola Scholars Weekend, scheduled March 25 – 28, 2010 in Atlanta. Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of more than 80,000 representing approximately 23,000 high schools nationwide. The 2010 Class of Coca−Cola Scholars will interview with a National Selection Committee representing education, business, government and arts leaders from across the country – all of them previous Coca−Cola Scholars.

The Coca−Cola Scholars Program is one of the most-recognized and respected corporate sponsored scholarships in America. The program was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca−Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships.

Stellar Students and Now Coca−Cola Scholars Semifinalists

For Immediate Release:

ATLANTA, November 2009 – Students at high schools across the country have been selected as Semifinalists in the 22nd class of the Coca−Cola Scholars Program. The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca−Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca−Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. With the 2010 class, more than 4,500 young scholars nationwide will have benefited from just over $41 million that the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation has provided. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities.

Each Semifinalists ranks with approximately 2,200 high school seniors who are in the running for $3 million in college scholarships that the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation will award in spring 2010. Students are selected to advance to this next phase based on the level of academic excellence, leadership and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities.

“The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation received more than 69,000 applications this year, and the Semifinalists are truly some of the brightest students in the country,” said Mark Davis, President of the Foundation. “We’re delighted to have such a bright and talented pool of students to consider for our 22nd class.”

As Semifinalists, students must submit additional information that will be reviewed in January 2010 by a committee comprised of 30 educators from high schools and universities throughout the United States. If advanced, students will be among a total of 250 Finalists who will travel to Atlanta March 25 – 28, 2010 to attend the Coca−Cola Scholars Weekend. During their visit they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designated as either a National or Regional Scholar. The 50 National Scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship award, while the 200 Regional Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca−Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships.

2009 Educators of Distinction

WHO: The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation named 252 teachers as Educators of Distinction for the 2008-2009 school year. The award recognizes outstanding teachers dedicated to providing education with an enhanced purpose.

WHAT: Each of the 2009 Coca−Cola Scholars nominated the educator that inspired and encouraged them the most. The Educators of Distinction receive a certificate inscribed with a personal dedication written by the student that nominated them.

WHY: “The Coca−Cola Educator of Distinction Award represents the sincere dedication of the educators who win it. These teachers help shape the future of America by encouraging its future leaders,” said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation. “The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation is committed to education, and we are proud to support the Educators of Distinction program. It is our way of saying thank you and congratulations to these teachers.”

WHAT: The Coca−Cola Class of 2009 Scholars was selected as scholarship finalists from a field of more than 2,100 Semifinalists by the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation and an initial applicant pool of more than 74,000 high school seniors. The students were selected based on academic excellence, school involvement and community leadership. Scholarships are sponsored by the local Coca−Cola Bottler and The Coca−Cola Company.

WHY: The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation is one of the most-recognized and respected corporate-sponsored scholarships in the U.S. The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca−Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships. In 2009, the Foundation marks its 21st consecutive year of scholarship awards. Including the 2009 class, the foundation has provided 4,276 Scholars with more than $38 million in scholarships.

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FOUNDATION INFO: www.coca-colascholars.org