The Coca Cola Scholarship Program is not afraid to open the wallet when awarding their Coke scholarship. The Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation awards almost three and a half million dollars to over fourteen hundred university students annually. Now that is refreshing! Coca-Cola distributes these scholarships and stipends through two different programs. The first is the ‘Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’ and the second is the ‘Coca-Cola/All State Community College Academic Team.’ Let’s take a look at these two programs and what they can do for you. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Applications for this program must be submitted by midnight on October 31st. This program provides cola scholarships based on achievement. There are (250) coca cola scholarships available. These Coke scholarships are available to High School seniors as long as they can meet the requirements of eligibility. After all the applications are in, 2,200 will be chosen as Semifinalists. This is where the fun begins. Once you have been selected as a Semifinalist, you will be asked to fill out a second application. You will also have to write an essay and be requested to submit your official transcripts. Finally, you will be asked for (2) letters of recommendation.
Those second applications will have to be turned in by the middle of January. By the middle of February the selection committee will choose 250 Finalists and they will continue on to the interview part of the program. Everyone of these 250 Finalists will be ask to travel to Atlanta where personal interviews will be conducted. From these interviews 50 students will be selected as Coke National Scholars and will be awarded a $20,000 coca cola scholarship towards college. The remaining 200 students do not come up empty-handed. They will receive a $10,000 Coke scholarship towards college and be selected as Regional Scholars.
Criteria for Scholar Coke scholarships are you must be a high school seniors enrolled in a high school in the United States or in one of the Department of Defense schools. This scholarship is not just offered to United States Citizens. You can also be U.S. Nationals and Humanitarian Parolees. It is also available to U.S. Permanent Residents and Temporary Residents. Asylees and Refugees along with Cuban-Haitian Entrants are also eligible. As you can see the door is wide open for many to apply. These seniors must also be planning to attend a U.S. accredited University or college aimed at earning a degree. A 3.00 GPA must be have been carried through their junior year. No children or grandchildren of any Coca-Cola company’s are eligible.
The Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team Program
This program awards $450,000 annually in stipends for academic scholars. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is the sponsor. At least one student from every state will be designated a New Century Scholar and be awarded a $2,000 stipend. The second group of (50) or more students will be designated Gold Scholars and be awarded a $1,500 cola scholarship stipend. The third group will be Silver Scholars and get $1,250. The final group will be called the Bronze Scholars and take home a $1,000 stipend. In addition to that, another (150) students nationwide will be chosen as National Finalists and are awarded a $1,000 stipend. Students do not fill out applications. They are nominated from their school. This is only available to students enrolled in a community college. Nominees must carry a 3.50 GPA or better. Those interested can check with Phi Theta Kappa in your school to find out how to become a nominee.
Coca-Cola has presented many opportunities to award students and it is up to each individual in these hard times to take advantage of their generosity. With the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation awarding 3.5 million dollars to (1400) colleges, your chances may be much better then many other college scholarships awarded today. It is one of the best scholarship opportunities. Grab a bottle of Coke and take the time to fill out the coca cola scholarship program application now, because things may really go better with a Coke.
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