FC student a semi-finalist for Coca-Cola Scholarship
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 6:00 pm
The Messenger 03.07.12
Fulton County (Ky.) High School student Andrew Keeling has been named a semi-finalist for the 2012 Class of the Coca-Cola™ Scholars Program.
With the 2012 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided nearly 5,000 young scholars nationwide with over $47 million in scholarships.
“As a premier scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Mark Davis, foundation president.
“The economy continues to affect many students’ ability to attend the college of their choice, so it is critical we continue to stay the course. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation received nearly 84,000 applications this year and the semi-finalists are truly some of the most accomplished students in the country.”
Keeling ranks with about 2,100 high school seniors who are in the running for $3.3 million in college scholarships that the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award in the spring. Students are selected to advance to this next phase based on academic excellence, leadership and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities.
The Class of 2012 Coca-Cola Scholars will mark the 24th consecutive year the foundation has awarded scholarships.
As semi-finalists, students must submit additional information that will be reviewed in February 2012 by a committee comprised of 30 educators from high schools and universities throughout the United States.
If advanced, Keeling will be among 252 finalists who will travel to Atlanta April 12-15 to attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend. During their visit, they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designated as either a National Scholar or Regional Scholar.
The 50 National Scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship, while the 200 Regional Scholars will each receive a $10,000 scholarship. This year, three additional $20,000 scholarships will be awarded by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, including the Coca-Cola Emory Scholarship, the Crawford J. Johnston Scholarship and the Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholarship.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and the Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created 26 years ago in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships.