Coca Cola Scholarships

Written by Tara Peris
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Coca-Cola scholarships are designed to promote excellence among youth and to foster the development of tomorrow's leaders. Recognizing that future success is linked strongly to educational attainment, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation distributes several thousand college scholarships each year. These funds are intended to reward outstanding youth and to put them on the path to long-term personal and professional success.

To date, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has awarded over 25 million dollars in scholarship money. All graduating high school seniors are eligible, and a significant number of scholarships go to minority students each year. Awards come in different sizes and forms, with some requiring independent nomination from a teacher or guidance counselor; however, they are all designed to facilitate college enrollment. This breadth means that a good many students will be eligible to compete each year and that a diverse group of scholars will be award recipients.

Leading the Pack

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is committed to rewarding both personal and academic excellence. With this in mind, scholarship awards are based not only on academic performance, but on leadership traits as well. Students who have taken an active role in their student bodies and in other school activities are encouraged strongly to apply.

Similarly, most Coca-Cola Scholarship recipients have strong records of community service. Whether through local youth initiatives, churches, or other civic organizations, this service reflects a degree of integrity and strength of character that the Foundation would like to promote. Students with well-rounded academic and interpersonal records should strongly consider the benefits of applying for a Coca-Cola award.

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