Impact Report

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Here’s to a Very Good Year

We took a step back to look at the amazing things our Scholars have achieved and highlight what alumni and sponsors can do to help us enter our third decade as ready to take on the world as our Scholars are.

Scholar Profiles

We Are the World Changers

Coca-Cola Scholars can be found in every corner of the globe, in education and business, nonprofits and the arts, building better machines, creating cures, leading revolutions, dreaming new futures and researching the past in ways that change our tomorrows. These are stories of what support can create.

Adriana Nazarko: Committed to the Common Good

Adriana Nazarko
2017

Whether she’s building an app to register viral and bacterial genetic codes, empowering youth through FLASTEM, or getting hospital patients to the ER, it’s all about helping others.

Finding Your Combination

Kai Kight
2010

“When it comes to your life – personally and your community and your business – are you writing new music?” This was the question posed to guests at the 27th annual Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet just before 2010 Coca-Cola Scholar Kai Kight took the stage. Beginning with an original violin piece, Kai wowed the crowd with his…

From Obstacles to Opportunity

Kelsey Tainsh
2008

Nothing—not even suffering from two brain tumors and a stroke—is going to stop 2008 Coca-Cola Scholar Kelsey Tainsh from fulfilling her dreams. And as a motivational speaker, she’s determined to help others do the same. “Our hardest obstacles and challenges in life have the most rewarding opportunities, but not if we give up,” Kelsey says.…

Committed to the Curvy Road

WIll Thomason
2008

What do you do?

It seems like such a straightforward question. But for 2008 Coca-Cola Scholar Will Thomason, there isn’t an easy answer.

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2016 Scholar Highlights

Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown

Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown is the youngest person to be appointed to a White House administrative post by a president. He’s one of 15 named to The National Advisory Council on Indian Education.

Eamon Bracht & Siona Sharma

Eamon Bracht and Siona Sharma founded Starts With Soap, a nonprofit that supports equitable education at underfunded schools by providing necessary supplies, beginning with soap. Fifteen other Coke Scholars serve their team.

Sruthi Palaniappan

Sruthi Palaniappan was the youngest delegate to attend the 2016 Democratic National Convention, representing her home state of Iowa during roll call votes.

Nadya Okamoto

Nadya Okamoto presented at TEDxPortland, speaking about the unaddressed needs of menstrual hygiene among poor and homeless women.

Sean Konz

Sean Konz created a hand-free mouse. Using eye tracking technology, it enables people with spinal cord, nerve or muscular injuries to get on the Internet and perform the functions of a mouse without using their hands.

Gracie Schram

Gracie Schram just released her latest EP, entitled Dear Fall, while opening on tour for David Archuleta. Since releasing her debut album at the age of 10, a portion of the proceeds from Gracie’s music has been given to humanitarian causes, amounting to more than $40,000 to date.

Swetha Revanur & Wyatt Pontius

Swetha Revanur and Wyatt Pontius won the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The SIYSS is a multi-disciplinary seminar highlighting remarkable achievements by young scientists from around the world.

Gracie Ehemann

Gracie Ehemann created LoveThyEnemy, an anti-bullying campaign that fights negative self-talk. It encourages and supports others by providing a platform where people can share testimonials of how they overcame their insecurities.

Alden Kain

Alden Kain invented a special stroller that affixes to a wheelchair so a disabled mother could easily travel with her baby.

Top Five Colleges
  1. Harvard
  2. Stanford
  3. Duke
  4. Yale
  5. Princeton
Gender Ratio
56%
Female
44%
Male
150
Scholarships of
$20,000
Awarded Each Year
2017 At A Glance

Our Scholars take the spotlight, but we also have a lot going on behind the scenes. Take a look at our 2017 stats.

Top Five Career Paths
  1. Business & Finance
  2. Education
  3. Healthcare
  4. Arts, Entertainment & Sports
  5. Legal
$70,000,000
Total Awarded in Scholarships Since 1989 Through
3
Nationally Recognized Programs
Our Scholars Come From
3,276
High Schools in
50
States