The Coca Cola Scholarship: Making Dreams Come True for High School Seniors

Jan 25, 2010 • By • 2,334 Views

The Coca Cola Scholarship has been making dreams come true for high school seniors for 22 years now. Administered by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation, more than $38 million has already been contributed, which has benefited more than 4,000 seniors. If you are looking for financial aid for college this is a nice resource.

High school seniors who have at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year are invited to apply for the enviable scholarship. The entry period is from August 1st through October 31st of each year. Home schooled seniors are also invited to apply.

It is important to realize that the scholarships administered by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation are achievement based and not need based. Besides GPA, other qualifying criteria include leadership, personal character, and motivation. Applicants that are involved in their schools and communities will have a better chance of being selected as there are literally thousands and thousands of applicants each year.

The selection process for the Coca Cola Scholars program is quite extensive. First, about 2,200 applicants are chosen as semifinalists. These students will then need to submit another application, complete with an essay, high school transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. The semifinalists will be notified in November and they will have a deadline in January by which further submissions must be received.

 In February, 250 finalists will be notified and they will then travel to Atlanta for personal interviews. Once you are a finalist, you will become a Coca Cola Scholar. The only question remaining is whether you will become a National Scholar or Regional Scholar. There is quite a difference, although it is an honor to be named either. The National Scholars, of which there are 50, will be awarded $20,000 for college and the Regional Scholars, of which there are 200, will be awarded $10,000 for college.

 The Coca Cola Scholarship program has been making college dreams come true for 22 years. Will you be the next Coca Cola Scholar?

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