What is the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation?
To celebrate Coca-Cola’s centennial in 1986, the Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola bottlers teamed together to fund the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation. This commitment to education enables the Foundation to support over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca−Cola System.
The mission of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is to provide scholarship programs and alumni enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional peoples’ thirst for knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world.
What scholarships are available to prospective applicants, and who can apply?
CCSF awards funding through three scholarship programs each year:
- Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship – High school seniors with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA may apply on our website in August of their senior year until the October 31 deadline.
- Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team – Fifty Gold $1,500, fifty Silver $1,250, and fifty Bronze $1,000 scholarships. Current students at two-year community colleges may apply between October 1 and December 2. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, www.ptk.org.
- Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise – 180 scholarships of $1,000. Current students at two-year community colleges may apply between February 27 and April 30. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, www.ptk.org.
How do I apply for the Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship?
An initial application becomes available on our website in August each year. If you are at that time high school senior with at least a 3.0 GPA, you may apply by completing the online application by the October 31 deadline. The application asks for you to list your grades, school and community activities, and employment, but no essays or additional materials are required.
Can I mail in a paper application?
The Foundation accepts only online applications during the initial application phase.
What does the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation look for when selecting recipients?
Coca-Cola Scholars are well-rounded, bright students who not only excel academically, but are also actively involved in their school. These leaders are passionate, service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community.
Is the scholarship need-based?
No, the Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship is achievement-based.
How can the scholarship be used?
This scholarship is unique in that recipients have between 4-6 years to use their full award and may opt to defer all or part of the award within that 6 year timeframe.
In addition to using funds for tuition at an accredited college or university, Scholars may also use their funds for other educational expenses, such as on-campus housing, a computer, and textbooks.
What are the benefits of becoming a Scholar?
In addition to the monetary award, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation greatly values staying connected to their recipients even after college. CCSF hosts frequent receptions for Scholars including two Leadership Summits, where Scholars from all classes may return to Atlanta to engage in interactive sessions developed by alumni.
The Coca-Cola Scholar Foundation’s vision is to develop a powerful network of community leaders, touched by Coca−Cola, whose vision will help shape the world, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.
What about applicants who have parents affiliated with Coca-Cola?
If your parent is a Coca-Cola employee, you may not apply for the Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship. Please contact our office at 1-800-306-2653 for information about other scholarship opportunities.
Who can you contact to find out more information about the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation or any prospective scholarship?
Feel free to contact the CCSF staff at 1-800-306-2653 Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm Eastern.