Coca-Cola Scholars

Impact Report 2015

Founded in 1986, 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.

Perhaps you are one of our alumni. Or a returning supporter checking in on what we've accomplished this year. This report is both about, and for, you.

Coca-Cola Scholars in the Alumni Family
Total Awarded in Scholarships since 1989
Awarded each year 

In 2015 we welcomed our 27th class of Coca-Cola Scholars. Our awardees came from 35 states, and were 56% female and 44% male.

Being chosen as a Coca-Cola Scholar means that your talent and commitment to serve have set you apart for what we believe will be an extraordinary future. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation counts it a privilege to invest in helping you make this future happen.

Sandy Douglas
Executive Vice President and
President, Coca-Cola North America
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We are amazed at the growing connectedness and positive leadership of this, the Coca-Cola Scholars network. Every time you reach out, leverage the network, attend an event, serve together, invest in each other—this program strengthens and moves forward. Enjoy this showcase of our 2014-2015 year, and consider ways you can help sustain the future of our program together. With your help, there will be greater and more purposeful ways to engage, and we will continue to set the mark for what a really diverse, talented group of Scholars can do when they’re connected.

Thank you.

Mark Davis
President, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Mehul Patel, 1994

Hello Scholars! Remember Us?

(We Remember You.)

Over the past almost three decades, we've been immeasurably proud of our Scholars—for their personal and professional accomplishments, but also for their willingness to give back to our community of service-minded leaders by lending us their talents and time.


Legacy Fund

As we continue to create and expand alumni programs and initiatives for our network, we seek support from our community to help build this legacy alongside our scholarships. We are forever grateful to our alumni who invest in the Coca-Cola Scholars Legacy Fund.


Reading Committee

30 education professionals read our Semifinalist applications and recommended 250 Regional Finalists for advancement through our selection process.


Regional Interviews

Alumni partnered with staff to interview 250 Regional Finalists in each of our 10 Selection Districts and identified 150 Coca-Cola Scholars.


Leadership Development

These Scholar alumni facilitated the 2015 Leadership Development Institute, an intensive leadership training that challenged the newest class of Coca-Cola Scholars to develop an inside-out leadership philosophy during Scholars Weekend.


Legacy Circle

The Coca-Cola Scholars Legacy Circle recognizes those who contribute the current value of our scholarship or more to the Coca-Cola Scholars Legacy Fund.


Tribute Gift Honoring Patti Ross

After 21 years of service, Coca-Cola Scholars Vice President Patti Ross retired. To thank her for her contributions, these people gave in her name.

Dilia Caballero
Philip McAdoo
Ryan McCannell
Greg Melia
Carrie Regan
Pamit Surana
Rosanna Catalano Flury
Kevin Chung
Jason Feldman
Valerie Love
Kimberly Rash
Christie Thompson
Andrea Young
Rudy Fernandez
Angela Harrell
Tim McCallum
Marianne McGee
Jason Shanker
Deborah Stine
Jany Brown
Susan Suh
Daria Torres
David Buckholtz
Veronica Jung
Sandra Lee
Precious Owodunni
Solita Riley
Nzinga Tull
Torarie Durden
Danny Easley
James Jaxon
Mehul Patel
Lesley Wainwright
Michael Hanley
Jamie Lathan
Michelle Ludwig
Wendi Adelson
Rosalyn Kennedy
Jolene Loetscher
Rommel Oates
Justin Pasquariello
Daron Roberts
Julie Gehrki
Chad Little
Robert Accordino
Kristina Gisonde
Damon Jones
Christopher Leahy
Frank Shultz
Marc Eichenbaum
Kearby Kaiser
Sachin Shanbhag
Lillian Singh
TJ Abrams
JT Batson
Ishan Johnson
Heidi Koester Oliveira
Gabriella Maris
Nola Weinstein
Aaron Chadbourne
Benjamin Obomanu
Charlie Odom
Nathan Alexander
Mary Kathryn Covert Steel
Siobhan Greatorex-Voith
Nicole Knott
Micaela Connery
Stesha Doku
Brad Galiette
Megan Harney
Jamaal Barnes
Darien Dabney
Jason Pate
Michaella Gallina
Luis Sotelo
Alexandra McGregor
Katie Comer
Anna Jo Cowan
Thomas Gooding

Amber Parks, 2000

You are Part of a Vital System of Support.




Reading Committee Participants

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Presenting, Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors

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Leadership Development Institute Facilitators

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Regional Interview Committee Interviewers

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Corporate Donors

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Friends of the Foundation

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Rocio Ortega, 2012

You Are Truly Amazing.

Coca-Cola Scholar alumni include 7 elected officials, 175+ entrepreneurs, 200+ C-level executives and 300+ nonprofit leaders. Here's a few of your stories from the past year we're particularly proud of.


Neha Gupta, 2014

Became the first American to receive the International Children's Peace Prize.

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Christopher Gray

Christopher Gray, 2010

Propelled his app, Scholly, to #1 on the iTunes app store and a $40,000 Shark Tank deal.

See Story


Elise Sefanik, 2002

Became the youngest woman elected to Congress.

See Story


Neil Chheda, 2004

Co-Founded Romulus Capital, an early-stage startup investor.

See Story


Jolene Loetscher, 1997

Was honored with the establishment of "Jolene's Law" in South Dakota.

See Story


Julian Plowden, 2010

Will have his photography included in an upcoming exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

See Story

Zach and Matthew

Zachary Certner, 2014

Received a Teen Nick HALO Award for a nonprofit he created with his brother, a 2009 Scholar.

See Story


Ben Sasse, 1990

Served his first term in Congress.

See Story


Sara Volz, 2013

Won top prize in the Intel Science Talent Search.

See Story

Patti Ross

Two Decades of Service.

Thousands of Lives Changed.

It was with sincere admiration and deep sentiment that we announced in summer 2015 that Patti Ross, Coca-Cola Scholars Vice President, would be retiring after over 20 years of service to our program. Patti has been the heart of the Scholars Program, and her dedication to each and every Scholar has been unwavering. As a token of our thanks, we orchestrated a special toast for Patti during Scholars Weekend, and also launched a tribute gift campaign to the Coca-Cola Scholars Legacy Fund in Patti’s honor. It was a fitting gesture, given the impact she has had in building programming and lifelong enrichment that means so much to so many of us.

As a result of this outreach, Scholar alumni donated more than $12,000 toward the Legacy Fund in Patti’s name—a gift that supports new, innovative programs for our growing Scholar and alumni network across the world: leadership development, service, mentoring, events, career networking, enrichment, and more!


Atlanta Scholar alumni and foundation staff celebrate Patti's 21 years with her family at the home of Heather Tell, a 1992 Scholar.

Raised in Patti's honor
Years of Service
Received Patti's emotional intelligence coaching

You Have a Lot to Give.

Here's How You Can.

All year, Coca-Cola Scholars participate in life-shaping experiences they'll never forget. You probably remember every one of them yourself.

Join us as an alumni to give your time and talents, make new memories, create new connections, and pay your involvement with Coca-Cola Scholars forward to our next generation of lifelong leaders.


Receptions hosted around the country that provide an opportunity for Scholars and alumni to network, socialize and connect with the Foundation.

AAB Retreat

A weekend in November dedicated to allowing members of our Alumni Advisory Board to generate ideas that showcase and sustain our alumni network as well as create alumni experiences unique to Coca-Cola Scholars.

Reading Weekend

One weekend out of our year where 30 invited education professionals (including 7 Coca-Cola Scholars in 2015) travel to Atlanta to read and evaluate all 2,200 Semifinalist applications and recommend 250 Regional Finalists.

Regional Interviews

Formal interviews in which 10 teams of 3, comprised of 2 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni and 1 staff member, meet in several locations across the country with our 250 Regional Finalists to select 150 Coca-Cola Scholars. While in town, we host fun, informal receptions for our local alumni.

Scholars Weekend

The highlight of our year, when the newest 150 Coca-Cola Scholars come to Atlanta to meet their peers for a day of inspiration, fun, camaraderie, and participate in our Leadership Development Institute, an intensive leadership training session facilitated by 30 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni.


25 Coca-Cola Scholars partnered with Amplify 4 Good to use entrepreneurial methodologies to create innovative solutions for 2 Scholar-led nonprofits and our own organization. In just 5 hours, groups brainstormed ways to improve their processes, and 4 judges selected the most impactful solution.

Guillermo Morales, 2007

Why Should You Give Back?

These Students.

Every time you reengage with Coca-Cola Scholars, to give time, dollars or other support, you're investing in the future of our Program. In 2015, these are the young leaders—and bright futures—your involvement benefits.

Our 2015 Coca-Cola Scholars


Group photos, however impressive, are hardly as extraordinary as hearing what Coca-Cola Scholars means to the students the Program is impacting right now.

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With your help, we can realize the power

of the network together.

Before our next Leadership Summit in 2018, let's

Activate 4 more #CokeScholarsPro and #CokeScholarsServe events.

Update all 28 years of Scholar information in our Portal.

Leverage all 16 of our regional Scholar hubs around the country.

Engage 1000+ Scholars to invest in the Legacy Fund.


Thank You, From All of Us.

Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership, Alumni Advisors,

Board of Directors and Staff

This Was Our Year.

2016 Can Be Yours.

Connect or reconnect with Coca-Cola Scholars to invest in our future and the bright future of business, politics, entrepreneurship, and innovation that our current Scholars and alumni embody.

Regional Interviewers

Mr. Ishan Johnson 2001 Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Sales
Mr. Aaron Chadbourne 2002 Office of the Governor - ME
Mrs. Solita Riley 1993 NYC Department of Parks and Rec Director of Employment Counseling
Mr. Darien Dabney 2005 Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Senior Business Analyst
Mrs. Kimberly Rash 1990 Outshine LLC Founder
Mr. Greg Melia 1989 American Society of Association Executives Sr. Dir. Credentialing
Lillian Singh 2000 Child Trends Senior Research Analyst
Ms. Nola Weinstein 2001 Twitter Head of Executive Engagement
Mrs. Valerie Love 1990 Community Volunteer Stay at home Mom
Mr. Michael Hanley 1996 Towers Watson Retirement Actuary
Mr. James Jaxon 1994 Credit Suisse First Boston Equity Derivatives
Mr. John Batson 2001 Rubicon Project VP, Publishers
Ms. Sandra Lee 1993 Federal Reserve Bank of New York Attorney
Mr. Kearby Kaiser 2000 BJB Partner, LLC Real Estate Development, Director of Marketing
Mr. Rommel Oates 1997 Praxair, Inc. Director of Hydrogen Product Mgmt.
Mr. Marc Eichenbaum 2000 City of Houston- Housing & Community Development Chief Government & Public Affairs Officer
Mr. Frank Shultz 1999 Queue in the Cloud
Mrs. Andrea Young 1990 Watkins, Ludlam, Winter & Stennis, PA Government Affairs Representative (Lobbyist)
Gabriella Maris 2001 MUSC - College of Medicine Medical Doctor
Mr. Torarie Durden 1994 Healthgrades Senior Director

Presenting, Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Bottlers' Association

Platinum Sponsors


Sucocitrico Cutrale Ltda

Delta Air Lines

Gold Sponsors

Staples Advantage


Ingredion Incorporated


Tampa Juice Service & TicoFrut

D.D. Williamson & Company, Inc.

Peace River Citrus Products

Archer Daniels Midland

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP

Terrell Leadership Group


Tate & Lyle

Ball Corporation




Jones Lang Lasalle

Silver Sponsors

Automatic Bar Controls, Inc. - Wunder-Bar

AT Kearney

Lancer Corporation


Ajinomoto North America, Inc. - Nutrition & Health

Closure Systems International


Flik Hospitality Group

Dimension Data

Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Cornelius & Display Technologies

Ongweoweh Corporation

King & Spalding, LLP

Brightbox Charge, Inc.


Indorama Ventures

Starcom MediaVest Group


Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

McKinsey & Company


DAK Americas

Ernst & Young LLP

Graham Packaging Company

Graphic Packaging International

Sanmina Corporation

Randstad Sourceright

Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd.

SAP America


Bronze Sponsors

Carlson Wagonlit Travel


Bain & Company, Inc.



The Northern Trust Company


Go! Experience Design

Starwood Hotel Group


Plexus Corp.

ITW Hi-Cone


Evergreen Packaging

American Express

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Verizon Wireless

Imbera Cooling

Reading Committee Participants

Mr. Philip McAdoo 1989 Pace Academy Director of Diversity
Mr. Jamaal Barnes 2005 McKinsey & Co. Recruiting Director, Dartmouth & MIT
Mr. Luis Sotelo 2007 EducationQuest Foundation College Planning Specialist
Mrs. Rosanna Catalano Flury 1990 Florida State University College of Law - Director, Placement Office
Mr. Arthur Damon Jones 1999 University of Chicago Assistant Professor
Mr. Daniel C. Walls Marist School College Counselor
Ms. Leslie Butterfield Portland Public Schools Retired Vice Principal
Ms. Marlena Parker Emory University Assistant Director, Scholarships
Dr. John Latting Emory University Ass VP Undergrad Enrollment/ Dean of Admissions
Mr. Donald Bishop University of Notre Dame Associate VP Undergraduate Enrollment
Ms. Lynn Castellano Division Avenue High School School Counselor
Ms. Sunie Killam Putnam City North High School Administrator
Mr. Torey Wilson Princeton University Preparatory Program Associate Director
Dr. Sarbeth Fleming Westminster Schools The College Counselor
Ms. Ashley Miller South Cobb High School Guidance Counselor
Mr. Neil Clark The Walker School Dean of College Counseling and Guidance
Mr. Barkley Barton III University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Assistant Director
Ms. Mary Haynes Daniels Fund Scholarship Scholarship Relations Officer
Ms. Laura Martin Agnes Scott College VP for Enrollment
Ms. Carmen Lopez College Horizons, Inc Executive Director
Ms. Angela Bugayong College Success Foundation Program Officer-Recruitment & Selection
Mr. Fumio Sugihara Juniata College Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions
Ms. Debi Hudson Saint Teresa'S Academy Director of College Counseling
Ms. Alice Cheung Robertson Scholars Program Assistant Director, Marketing & Selection
Ms. Tiffany Anderson Boettcher Foundation Director, Scholarship Progam
Mr. Alberto Pimentel Los Angeles Harbor College Adjunct Professor
Mr. Jamie Williams Clemson University Director, National Scholars Program

Leadership Development Institute Facilitators

Ms. Heidi Koester Oliveira 2001 The Coca-Cola Company Manager, International Public Affairs
Mr. Arthur Abrams 2001 The Coca-Cola Company Global Senior Brand Mgr. on Sprite & Adults
Mr. Benjamin Obomanu 2002 National Football League Professional Athlete
Mr. David Buckholtz 1993 Sony Pictures Entertainment Senior Vice President, Corporate Information Techn
Mr. Philip McAdoo 1989 Pace Academy Director of Diversity
Mr. Jason Shanker 1991 Clear Tech Advice President
Mr. Chad Little 1998 BYU Marriott School Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Mrs. Lesley Wainwright 1994 Turner Broadcasting System Senior Counsel
Dr. Jamie Lathan 1996 N.C. School of Science and Math History Instructor
Ms. Carrie Regan 1989 Scripps Networks Director of Programming and Development
Mr. Rodolfo Fernandez 1991 University of Miami Vice President for Government Affairs
Miss Micaela Connery 2004 Unified Theater Executive Director and Founder
Mrs. Jany Brown 1992 UBS Financial Services Inc. Vice President, Wealth Management
Ms. Megan Harney 2004 Microsoft Program Manager
Mr. Tim McCallum 1991 Raze Media President and CEO
Ms. Julie Gehrki 1998 WalMart Foundation Senior Director, Business Integration
Mrs. Precious Owodunni 1993 Mountaintop Consulting President, Business Consultant & Executive Coach
Ms. Angela Harrell 1991 Voya Foundation Head, Foundation & Office Corporate Responsibility
Ms. Veronica Jung 1993 U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney
Mr. Mehul Patel 1994 Empire State Development Chief of Staff
Ms. Jolene Loetscher 1997 Mudmile Communications Founder
Mr. Daron Roberts 1997 University of Texas - Austin Founding Director of Institute for Sports Leadersh
Mr. Christopher Leahy 1999 RAI Insurance Group Principal, Chief Operating Officer
Miss Michaella Gallina 2006 Boulder Brands Director of Finance, Investor Relations, Corp Dev.
Ms. Susan Suh 1992 The Rockefeller Foundation Chief Talent Officer
Ms. Mary Kathryn Covert Steel 2003 Sanofi US Spokesperson
Ms. Wendi Adelson 1997 Self Employed Immigration Attorney, Writer, Speaker
Mrs. Rosalyn Kennedy 1997 Google Director of Executive Communications
Mr. Jason Feldman 1990 Amazon Director of Global Innovation
Mr. Kevin Chung 1990 Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC Director, Corporate Compliance & Employment Law

Corporate Donors

The Coca-Cola Company

Armstrong World Industries

Wells Fargo GoodWorks


Voya Foundation

Friends of the Foundation

American Beverage Association, in honor of Claude Nielsen

Ms. Megan E. Barber*

Mr. J. Mark Davis*

Ms. Debbie Goins*

Ms. Penny Holt*

Ms. Jane Hale Hopkins*

Mrs. Kathryn H. Hopkins, in memory of Peggy Davis

Mr. Gary and Mrs. Margo McCoy Howe*

Mr. Ryan R. Rodriguez*

*Denotes gifts or additional gifts made in honor of Patti Ross.

2015 Scholar List

Name City, StateSchool
Leila Abdelrahman Miami, FL Stanford University
Esteban Abeyta Espanola, NM University of New Mexico
Victor Agbafe Wilmington, NC Harvard University
Shruti Aggarwal Oak Park, CA University of California-Berkeley
Perry Alagappan Houston, TX Stanford University
Jude Alawa Miami, FL Yale University
Jack Andraka Crownsville, MD Stanford University
Michael Anthony Centennial, CO University of Denver
Sabrina Aponte Chicago, IL University of Pennsylvania
Emily Ashkin Matthews, NC Rice University
Sreya Atluri Centreville, VA University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Amadou Bah Atlanta, GA Stanford University
Esha Bansal Indialantic, FL University of Pennsylvania
Gavin Becker Nevis, MN University of North Dakota
Benjamin Beltran Nevada City, CA Stanford University
Kawther Berhanu Snellville, GA Georgetown University
Michael Bervell Snohomish, WA Harvard University
Kevin Biju Collegeville, PA Yale University
Madelyn Bollig Fort Collins, CO Vanderbilt University
Wyatt Booth Newport News, VA Virginia Commonwealth University
Erika Cabrera Bronx, NY Dartmouth College
Samuel Cahoon Twin Falls, ID Brigham Young University
Matthew Cappucci Plymouth, MA Harvard University
Janelle Chavez Port Isabel, TX University of Texas - Austin
Jiningnan Chen Lexington, KY Stanford University
Ria Chhabra Plano, TX University of Pennsylvania
Sydney Creager Crowder, OK Oklahoma State University
Mitashee Das Bronx, NY Princeton University
Samarth Desai Nashua, NH Duke University
Valerie Ding Portland, OR Stanford University
Paul Duke League City, TX Rice University
Kimberly Foreiter North Miami Beach, FL Mount Holyoke College
Justin Garrard Lebanon, IN University of Notre Dame
Janice Guallpa Roseville, MN University of Minnesota
Wilson Guo Moscow, ID University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Shrey Gupta Scottsdale, AZ Stanford University
Jocelyn Hernandez-Vazquez San Antonio, TX Harvard University
Curtis Hsu Troy, MI Harvard University
Shane Hulse Fairfax Station, VA New York University
Joseph Hurlocker Kokomo, IN Stanford University
Sarah Jenkins Kaunakakai, HI Duke University
Raina Kadavil White Plains, NY Boston University
Sydney Kamen Washington, DC Dartmouth College
Athena Kan Clarksville, MD Harvard University
Ariel Kantor Chapel Hill, NC Duke University
Ellen Kendall Ft. Mitchell, KY Case Western Reserve University
Rachel Kim Ames, IA Harvard University
Bethany Kirkpatrick Franklin, TN Davidson College
Daniel Kwon Lakewood, CO Duke University
Timothy Lann Bellingham, WA Stanford University
Stephanie Levine Pinecrest, FL Yale University
Rachel Ley Stevens Point, WI University of Wisconsin - Madison
Sharon Li Manvel, TX Yale University
Siqi Liu Naperville, IL Harvard University
John Lohmann Henrico, VA Princeton University
Catherine Lucchi Shamokin Dam, PA Gap Year-Taiwan
Clara Ma Lenexa, KS Yale University
Lilly Makee Chesterland, OH Miami University
Karen Malacon Cerritos, CA Harvard University
Madison Maloney Greenville, NC North Carolina State University
Abhishek Mangla Santa Clara, CA University of California-Berkeley
Zachary Marcone Fort Salonga, NY Columbia University
Macy Marek Riverside, IA Iowa State University
Lauren Maunus Palm City, FL Brown University
Shelbi McCall Mayo, FL Santa Fe College
Guy McEleney Long Beach, CA Harvard University
Bélen Mella Sunny Isles Beach, FL Harvard University
Daniela Michanie Miami, FL Brandeis University
Jared Michaud Fort Kent, ME Yale University
Blake Miller Crestline, OH Ohio State University
Ja'Laquan Mitchell Dayton, OH Dartmouth College
Anabel Moreno-Mendez Umatilla, OR Dartmouth College
Isaiah Murray San Antonio, TX Cornell University
Drew Myers Murrysville, PA Pennsylvania State University
Naily Nevarez Aurora, OR University of Oregon at Eugene
Anika Nishat Indianapolis, IN Princeton University
Zaria Noble Denver, CO Alabama State University
Jeffrey Noonan Colchester, CT University of Connecticut
Anita Norman Arlington, TN Yale University
Graham Novak NAPERVILLE, IL Washington & Lee University
Grace O'Brien Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Stanford University
Joseph Orosco POMONA, CA Trinity College
Sydney Oswald Denver, CO University of Chicago
Edith Otabil Worcester, MA College of the Holy Cross
Alka Pai Redmond, WA Brown University
Aneesh Pappu Pullman, WA Stanford University
Matthew Parodi Louisburg, KS Princeton University
Jessica Pasquarello Philadelphia, PA University of Georgia
Janki Patel West Chicago, IL Illinois Institute of Technology
Reesab Pathak Camas, WA Stanford University
Mark Payton Smithfield, KY University of Kentucky
Ayleen Perry Las Vegas, NV Southern Utah University
Oliver Piltch Santa barbara, CA Harvard University
Anna Raheem Collierville, TN Harvard University
Anne Raheem Collierville, TN Harvard University
Cindy Rajkumar Ocoee, FL University of Miami
Akshay Ramaswamy Mohegan Lake, NY Stanford University
Anika Ranginani Burr Ridge, IL University of Pennsylvania
Bovey Rao Draper, UT Harvard University
Suraj Renganathan Fort Collins, CO University of Denver
Devyn Rigsby Chicago, IL Yale University
Marc Robert Wong San Francisco, CA Stanford University
Jackson Roberts Kansas City, MO Washington & Lee University
Patricia Rodarte El Paso, TX Brown University
Jacqueline Roman Coshocton, OH Ohio State University
Sarah Rominger New Palestine, IN Purdue University
Matthew Salit Seekonk, MA University of Virginia
O'Brian Santos South Gate, CA University of California - Irvine
Benjamin Schafer Orchard Park, NY Harvard University
Haylie Schmoll Newark, OH Otterbein University
Martin Schneider Dresher, PA Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kathleen Schwind Arroyo Grande, CA Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dominic Scicchitano BERWICK, PA Bucknell University
Meena Sengottuvelu Clarksville, MD University of Maryland - College Park
Paul Serrato Winder, GA Stanford University
Bushra Shahid Chicago, IL University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Ahmad Shawwal Fredericksburg, VA University of Virginia
Sydney Sherman Wrightstown, PA University of Texas at Dallas
Emma Shibley Dayton, OH Miami University
Kathryn Simonds Boise, ID University of California-Berkeley
Samantha Smith Bellaire, TX Princeton University
Hunter Snowden Lantana, TX Duke University
Lisa Sobajian Los Angeles, CA Stanford University
Casey Sokolovic Winterville, NC North Carolina State University
Aditya Sood Alpharetta, GA University of Georgia
Alex Stoken Tempe, AZ University of Arizona
James Sykes Saint Louis, MO Saint Louis University
Shanzé Tahir Zionsville, IN Brown University
Nikhil Thakkar Burlington, MA Columbia University
Erin Thomas Culver, IN American University
Courtney Thurston Des Moines, IA Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Gloria Tso Bartlesville, OK Columbia University
Amanda Upton Pauls Valley, OK Oklahoma State University
Austin Verissimo Newark, NJ Duke University
Samuel Vilchez Santiago Orlando, FL Princeton University
Ilanna Villagran San Antonio, TX Georgetown University
Taylor Wagner Harlan, IA Briar Cliff College
Meredith Waites Springfield, MO Vanderbilt University
Netta Wang San Mateo, CA Stanford University
Austin Wang Marietta, GA Yale University
Jacob Warner Alpine, UT Brigham Young University
Deena Whitwam Houlton, WI University of Wisconsin - Madison
Eric Xiong Lexington, KY Yale University
Cooper Yerby Overland Park, KS University of Southern California
Laan Yeung West Lafayette, IN Harvard University
Ji Whan Yoon Cypress, CA Harvard University
Catherine Zhang Wexford, PA Harvard University
Ted Zhu Diamond Bar, CA Harvard University
Michael Zietz Murfreesboro, TN University of Pennsylvania
Ayyan Zubair East Meadow, NY SUNY College at Stony Brook

Bottler's List

ABARTA Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Aberdeen CCBC

Atlantic Bottling Company

Big Springs, Inc. - Huntsville CCBC

Bink's CCBC

C.C. Clark , Inc - Western Kentucky Clark

CCB Works of Pulaski

CCBC of Bemidji

CCBC of Columbus

CCBC of Ft. Smith, AR

CCBC of Hot Springs

CCBC of International Falls

CCBC of Minden

CCBC of Virginia

CCBC of Winfield

CCBC-Yakima and Tri Cities

Chesterman Company

Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.

Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Consolidated

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc - Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc

Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works

Decatur CCBC

Douglas County Bottling Co. - CCBC of Roseburg

Durango CCBC

Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Hancock Bottling Co.

Ketchikan Soda Works

Lehrkind's Coca-Cola Btlg. Co.

Louisa CCBC - Louisa CCBC

Love Bottling Co. - Love Bottling Co.

Lufkin CCBC

Magnolia CCBC

Maui Soda & Ice Works, Ltd.

Meridian CCBC

Orangeburg Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Ozarks CCBC

Rock Hill, SC CCBC

Sitka Bottling Company

Swire Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company

Union City CCBC

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company


Sara Volz won the top $100,000 award in the Intel Science Talent Search after conducting an experiment that prompted algae to increase oil production, resulting in the creation of a powerful alternative to energy from fossil fuel. Intel’s Search is a force in the quest to support students interested in STEM entrepreneurship and careers: over 2,900 finalists have received more than $13 million in awards to support their college educations, and thousands of semifinalists have received millions more. Take a look at what Sara is up to now as a student at MIT in this video created by Intel.

Sara Volz, 2013


Christopher Gray and his app, Scholly, have had an incredible year, first winning 1st place in Under Armour‘s pitch competition (an award of $75,000), an additional $5,000 from Salesforce, and making a deal on Shark Tank, trading $40,000 for a 15 percent stake with Lori Greiner and Daymond John. Scholly allows students and parents to search for college scholarships and is partnering with President Obama’s organization My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which will supply participants free access to the app. Watch Christopher’s pitch and the Shark fight that ensued here, and download it at the iTunes app store, where it’s a #1 rated app.

Christopher Gray, 2010


Neha Gupta became the first American to receive the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2014, receiving the honor for her work with Empower Orphans, an organization she began when 9 years old. The mission of Empower Orphans is to elevate the wellbeing of orphaned and underprivileged children and empower them to succeed, by helping them help themselves. Desmond Tutu presented Neha with her award in The Hague, Netherlands on the award’s 10th anniversary.

Neha Gupta, 2014


In 2014, the state of South Dakota established Jolene’s Law in honor of Coca-Cola Scholar Jolene Loetscher. The law creates a task force dedicated to researching the impact of child sexual abuse in South Dakota and works to generate legislative policies to prosecute and bring an end to this horrifying act. Further, despite opposition by some legislators in 2015 to continue the task force, South Dakota’s Governor announced an executive order in March 2015 allowing Jolene’s Law to continue its work. 

Jolene Loetscher, 1997


A photograph taken by Julian Plowden of Atlanta’s August 2014 Ferguson solidarity march will be included in an upcoming exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Julian has been covering the Black Lives Matter movement throughout the United States, and his images have been exhibited at the Hammonds House Museum and Emory University. Read his interview with Atlanta’s Creative Loafing and visit his website, Candid in Atlanta to learn more. Julian was also interviewed on NPR station WABE 90.1’s City Lights, where he discussed several of his photos and his experience photographing #BlackLivesMatter protests.

Julian Plowden, 2010


Coca-Cola Scholar Ben Sasse topped his already impressive career in federal government, academia, and the private sector with his first term in Congress in 2014, becoming a Senator serving the state of Nebraska. He serves on the committees for Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Joint Economic Committee, and the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, to name just a few of his assignments. Read his story and learn more about how he connects his experience with the Scholars program to his current duties and philosophy here.

Ben Sasse, 1990


In 2014, Coca-Cola Scholars welcomed to its ranks a pioneering first: the youngest woman to be elected to Congress. Elise Sefanik now represents New York’s sprawling 21st district in the U.S. House of Representatives, making the 30-year-old Harvard graduate the youngest female ever elected to the post. Since joining her colleagues on the Hill, she’s been tasked with chairing the House Republican Policy Committee’s new Millennial Task Force to tackle issues facing her generation. Some GOP leaders are even calling her the future of the party. Read more about her experience with Coke Scholars and the connections built with us that follow her throughout her career.

Elise Sefanik, 2002


A part of the Venture Capital group, Chheda branched out to become Co-founder of Romulus Capital, a company keen to invest in early-stage start-ups and with a focus on “building great companies.” Their portfolio includes companies such as ScholarLocker, study aids, forums and support for medical students by others in their field; Gyft, an app that helps people buy, send and track gift cards; and Soundtracker, a music-sharing app that helps users discover what their friends and neighbors are listening to and make friends around the world through music.

Neil Chheda, 2004


Zachary received a Teen Nick HALO Award for July in honor of his non-profit SNAP, Inc., which he co-founded with his brother Matthew, who is 2009 a Coca-Cola Scholar. SNAP, Inc. stands for Special Needs Athletic Programs and helps children with autism through sports programs. 2014 Scholars Yash Gupta and Nicholas Cobb also received HALO Awards - Yash for his organization Sight Learning, which donates glasses to students in need, and Nicholas for his nonprofit Comfort and Joy that collects coats for the homeless. 

Zachary Certner, 2014