Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to 250 high school seniors each year. Fifty of these are four-year, $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year for four years), while 200 are designated as four-year, $10,000 scholarships ($2,500 per year for four years). The scholarships must be used at an accredited U.S. college or university.
A joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation administers the largest business-supported Scholarship Program of its kind. The Program signifies the same commitment to leadership and excellence that enables Coca-Cola to maintain international preeminence year after year in the beverage industry. This unique Program was conceived by Coca-Cola Bottlers in 1986 as a means of making an enduring contribution to our nation's future. Selection is based on a balanced consideration of leadership, character, achievement, and commitment, both inside and outside of the classroom. Coca-Cola Scholars are characterized by their ability, perseverance, determination, and motivation to serve and succeed in all endeavors. They are a diverse group of individuals, representing every ethnic group and all 50 states.
In order to be eligible for a Coca-Cola Scholarship, a student must be:
- a CURRENT high school or home-school senior anticipating graduation from a school or program in the United States during the academic year in which application is made;
- a U.S. Citizen; U.S. National; U.S. Permanent Resident; Temporary Resident (legalization program); Refugee; Asylee; Cuban-Haitian Entrant; or Humanitarian Parolee;
- planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
- carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of your junior year of high school
Applicants may NOT be:
- children or grandchildren of employees, officers, or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company or any other bottler or Company divisions or subsidiaries
High school seniors can apply online through our website between September 1st and October 31st of his/her senior year. All online applications must be received by the deadline of October 31st of the applicant's senior year of high school. Up to 2,000 semifinalists, dispersed proportionately across the nation, are selected. Only semifinalists are notified of their selection by mail and email. Semifinalists return supporting application documents to the Foundation by January 15th. An independent selection panel then determines the 250 finalists. At the expense of the Foundation, the 250 finalists attend a Scholars Weekend in Atlanta in the Spring. The National Selection Committee, which is composed of leaders in business, education, government and the arts, interviews and evaluates each candidate. The top 50 finalists, designated National Scholars, receive awards valued at $20,000. The remaining 200 finalists are designated Regional Scholars and receive awards valued at $10,000.
Coca-Cola Scholars share a special "something else," giving back in unselfish ways, embodying service over self and already making a difference in society. By supporting these students Coca-Cola, too, is giving back to the communities that have supported it for more than 100 years. The Foundation intends for the term "Coca-Cola Scholar" to be synonymous with leadership and excellence.
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