Scholarship Shout-Out: Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship
May 20, 2014
For over 25 years, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has been fulfilling countless dreams through their generous scholarship opportunities. In total, the Foundation has provided over $51 million in scholarships; and just last year, they awarded nearly $3.5 million to students. This year, you could be one of the students that they support.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship is open to high school seniors who have a minimum 3.0 GPA unweighted. Additionally, the application asks for grades, school and community activities, and employment. No essay or additional materials are required.
Decisions are achievement-based rather than need-based. The selection committee looks for students that stand out as leaders both in the academic setting and in the community. Those selected are passionate, service-oriented and committed to making a difference.
Applications are available online each year in August and are due back to the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation by October 31.
Roughly 2,000 semi-finalists are selected and notified mid-November and are required to submit a biographical questionnaire, transcripts and recommendations by the end of December. From that pool, approximately 250 regional finalists are chosen by late January, and each of the finalists must schedule an interview, either in-person or via video conference, with the selection committee.
Once all interviews have been completed, 150 applicants are named Coca-Cola Scholars and are awarded a minimum of $20,000 in scholarship funds. The remaining regional finalists are given an educational stipend of $1,000.
The process culminates on Scholars Weekend, during which the 150 Coca-Cola Scholars have the opportunity to compete for 10 additional scholarships of $10,000 each.
Becoming a Coca-Cola Scholar isn’t just winning a scholarship; it’s winning a community of other driven, service-oriented leaders in which to engage with for a lifetime. Each year, Coca-Cola Scholars alumni get together to welcome the new class during Scholars Weekend and network amongst one another. It’s a celebration of the new class of Scholars as well as the achievements of previous classes.
Coca-Cola Scholars alumni have helpful advice for applicants this year: brag about yourself in a positive way, don’t rush through the application process and be uniquely you. Like any scholarship application, it’s important to highlight what sets you apart from the crowd.
If you’d like to be part of the next class of Coca-Cola Scholars and benefit from this generous scholarship program, apply now!