If you love to drink Coke, you may soon become even more thankful for your beverage of choice. Coca-Cola offers several scholarships through their Coca-Cola Scholar Program. Each year, over 1,400 students are awarded scholarship money through the two programs supported by Coca-Cola. Rest assured, you do not have to be a Coke drinker to qualify!
Students who are interested the Coca-Cola Scholars program must begin the application process between August 1 and October 31 of their senior year of high school. The program is open to high school seniors, whether home schooled or in a traditional school, in the United States who are U.S. citizens or legalized residents. They must have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school, and they cannot be children or grandchildren of Coca-Cola employees.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program awards 250 four-year achievement-based scholarships each year. From the original applicants, the scholarship committee will choose 2,200 semifinalists. These semifinalists will submit a secondary application, and from this group the 250 finalists will be chosen. Finalists must travel to Atlanta for a personal interview with the National Selection Committee. From this group, 50 students will be awarded $20,000, and the remaining 200 will be awarded $10,000. Information about the interview is sent with the letter telling the student they are a finalist.
Coca-Cola also has the All State Community College Academic Team Program. This awards the top scoring academic team student from each state with $2,000 for college. In addition, 50 students will receive $1,500, another 50 will receive $1,250, and 50 will receive $1,000. Again, these are awarded one per state. The program also awards an additional 150 students from multiple states with $1,000. In order to qualify for this program, students will have to be nominated by the appropriate individual of their school. Students will also need to be enrolled in a community college and be part of the All-USA/All-State Academic Teams to qualify.
Both programs are merit based, so student who wish to be in line for one of these scholarships need to focus strongly on their grades. They are also highly competitive awards, with many applicants and nominees but few rewards. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation website also lists several scholarship resources for students to use, because the organization realizes they cannot meet the financial needs of all applicants. This makes them an ideal resource for all students looking for financial aid, even those who do not receive the scholarship.