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10,000 Change Agents,

10,000 Difference Makers,

10,000 Trailblazers

 

AN ENTIRE ARENA OF VISIONARY LEADERS.

 

 

A POWERFUL FORCE CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE AROUND THE WORLD.

 Forever.

 

For the first time in our history, cementing our legacy is within reach. 

 

The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola bottlers across the United States have reinvested an additional $40 million in the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation to endow the Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarships and its programs forever. 

 

Coca-Cola has doubled down, and so have we. 

 

With your help, our community of more than 6,000 incredible Coca-Cola Scholars can nearly double over the next 25 years to become a perennial 10,000 member strong force for good, refreshing the world generation after generation.  

 

This is our time. This is your time. And we’re ready to go big. 

 

 

MEET OUR NEW VISION, MISSION, AND FOUR STRATEGIC GOALS TO MAKE 10,000 SCHOLARS A REALITY.

 

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Vision

Visionary Leaders

Refreshing the World

 

 

Mission

We amplify the impact of exceptional leaders through scholarships, lifelong learning, and a powerful community of mission-driven changemakers.

 

 

 

 

Strategic Goals

 

 

SHARPEN OUR FOCUS

Center scholarship excellence, leadership development, and community-building in everything we do. Measure our success and clearly communicate our impact.

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SECURE OUR FUTURE

Fund an endowment to ensure the Coca-Cola Scholars Program and its unique offerings for alumni last forever.

Number 3

EXPAND OUR ENGAGEMENT

Create more opportunities for everyone in the Coke Scholars family to connect in a meaningful way – including Scholars, Coca-Cola bottlers, and The Coca-Cola Company.

Number 4

BOOST OUR BRAND

Broaden our reach to give Scholars and Coca-Cola an even higher return on their investment. When people see “Coke Scholar,” they know it’s a big deal.

 

Exponential Impact

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In celebration of Coca-Cola's centennial in 1986, Crawford T. Johnson, III, of Coca-Cola UNITED and Roberto Goizueta of The Coca-Cola Company joined hands and announced the creation of a scholarship program that would empower young leaders in the communities that Coca-Cola serves.

 

Three decades later, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the country.

 

This investment of the Coca-Cola system has brought together over 6,000 of the most talented, compassionate, and extraordinary people into a single network, awarding more than $78 million in scholarships to help make their dreams of a better future for all of us a reality. 

 

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 Just Some of Our Scholars'
World-Changing Leadership

785+

Nonprofit Founders, Board Members, & Presidents

28

Elected Officials

317+

Business Entrepreneurs

610+

Teachers, Professors, & School Administrators

100

Military Members

433+

C-Level Executives

500+

National, State, & Local Government Staff

100+

Marshall, Rhodes, and Truman Scholars

 

 

 

THE CCSF

IMPACT ENGINE

 

Impact Engine

 

 

Angela Harrell at Leadership Summit

CCSF is a family.

"For me, CCSF is so much more than an organization that grants scholarships. It is a family, a network, and a continuous source of professional and personal support. No other scholarship has impacted my life so significantly and positively as the Coke scholarship."

ANGELA HARRELL, CCSF BOARD MEMBER & 1991 SCHOLAR,
SVP, CHIEF DIVERSITY & CORPORATE IMPACT OFFICER
AND FOUNDATION PRESIDENT, VOYA FINANCIAL

 

Because of Coca-Cola, 6,000+ Scholars have walked through doors they had thought impossible, realized dreams they had dismissed as unattainable, and inspired those around them to follow in their footsteps for 34 years. Now, for the first time, that legacy can be cemented, and will only continue to grow.

 

10,000 Coke Scholars Refreshing the World

 Join our vision!

Share how you are refreshing the world

in the comments below.

21 Comments

  1. Anita Kishore on 06/13/2022 at 5:47 pm

    Yes, it’s time to go big, Coke Scholars! Looking forward to this next phase of the journey. I’m particularly excited to secure our future & expand our engagement. How might we make this happen? Coke Scholars, please weigh in with your thoughts and feelings!

  2. Greg Melia, CAE on 06/13/2022 at 6:42 pm

    Thrilled to be a part of and support the Coke Scholars change makers community. So proud of the work we are collectively accomplishing to make the world a better place. Raising a Coke to all Coke scholars – Classic, New, and yet-to-be!

  3. Patti Ross on 06/13/2022 at 9:17 pm

    I was totally REFRESHED!! To spend a few minutes focussing on the good that is produced when corporate America comes forth to support the next generation is inspiring. Here’s to 10,000!

  4. Carolyn on 06/14/2022 at 11:36 am

    Proud to be a small part of this BIG, BOLD vision! Go team!

  5. Madeline Myers on 06/14/2022 at 2:22 pm

    What an awesome and exciting goal and vision! I’m so proud to be a Coke Scholar!

  6. Jason Feldman on 06/14/2022 at 2:25 pm

    Let’s make the impact of forever very real….

  7. Daria Torres on 06/14/2022 at 2:28 pm

    Congratulations to the CCSF and the Coca Cola system on this bold new chapter in the Coke Scholars story. I am blessed to witness the journey and contribute to the growing legacy!

  8. Victoria Lin Danhakl on 06/14/2022 at 2:28 pm

    Love this! Can’t wait to celebrate 10,000!

  9. Kiera Peltz on 06/14/2022 at 2:33 pm

    I am so proud to be a Coca-Cola Scholar. It was almost exactly a decade ago that I got the honor of joining this incredible group of change-makers, and it continues to remain a vibrant and vital community. From life-long friendships to one of my interviewers becoming a mentor and then a Board member of my nonprofit, the network never ceases to amaze me. I’m excited for 10,000 more!

  10. Bernadette Merikle on 06/14/2022 at 2:42 pm

    I cannot wait for my children and their children to be Coke Scholars too! What a refreshing vision of our future! This scholarship was life changing at so many turns for me. I’m grateful to be a part of this family.

  11. Cassandra Slattery on 06/14/2022 at 3:04 pm

    So excited to be part of the Coca Cola Scholars family and our future! Here’s to big things!

  12. Ali Hartman on 06/14/2022 at 4:15 pm

    Well, this news totally made my day, week, month! Let’s go, Scholars! There’s so much work to do. And we’re the ones that can get it done. Looking forward to growing the movement and building an even more inclusive, thriving, dynamic network of changemakers.

  13. Barbara Merz on 06/14/2022 at 9:04 pm

    As a scholar, I’m grateful to see the vision expanding to accelerate mission-driven change around the world.

  14. David Akinin on 06/15/2022 at 1:36 am

    Good morning – what an incredible structuring of the most impactful organization in the world. I am proud to see pen to paper on ideas of financial and vision sustainability. I’m proud to carry the flag, support the next phase and assist you in being accountable to our shared vision. Thanks for your transparency in thought!

  15. Neal Fox, ‘07 on 06/15/2022 at 1:40 am

    At every step of my career — and in every pivot — the relationships that CCSF has fostered in this dynamic community have opened doors and challenged me to be a mission-driven changemaker. I am forever grateful to CCSF.

  16. Rane Stempson on 06/15/2022 at 11:07 am

    This is a great start! I can’t wait to see the actions under the strategic goals! I’d like to suggest in helping empower those next 10,000 create a mentorship program where more established scholar alumni is paired with the recent college grads. Recent College Grads paired with next class who just went through what they experienced to help them be more successful in college!

  17. Rishika Kartik on 06/16/2022 at 10:23 pm

    I echo all the sentiments eloquently stated by my fellow Coke Scholars. I am so proud to be part of this amazing family as a member of the class of 2022. The innovation, kindness, and collaboration I have witnessed within this network is inspiring and refreshing indeed! The world is made better when we unite together, and I’m excited to see the impact of an expanding vision to empower more individuals.

  18. Brennen Feder on 06/18/2022 at 9:32 pm

    The Coke Scholars Foundation changed my life and laid the path that I have walked for the past 6 years. I am forever grateful to the Coke Scholars Foundation and Coca-Cola system for investing in me, and I look forward to paying it forward. Cheers to 10,000+ Scholars!

  19. Ryan McCannell on 06/19/2022 at 2:19 pm

    I cherish this community and am excited to see it grow and grow!

  20. Kristen Stone on 06/20/2022 at 7:55 am

    What an exciting time to be a Coke Scholar! So proud of this amazing group and the amazing things that are on the horizon!

  21. N'Jhari (Jay) Jackson on 06/23/2022 at 11:21 am

    WOW! Seeing all of this in written form blows me away. Thank you to all my fellow scholars, Coca-Cola bottlers, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and family members. I am forever grateful.

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