About the Scholarship

What is the Coca-Cola scholarship?

Though Coca-Cola is known as a beverage company, this renowned software company has a wing dedicated to recognizing the leaders creating social impact. The wing is known as the Coco-cola Scholar's Foundation or the CCSF. This organization is non-profit and functions under the Coca-Cola Company.

The foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia began in 1986 and was formed as a gift for those people who strived to help Coca-Cola reach its diamond jubilee.

In the year of its inception, the organization awarded four-year grants to 150 graduating seniors to meet their college expenses.

The organization has grown since then to provide financial aid in the form of scholarships to almost 1,400 students each year, accounting to almost $3.4 million each year.

Top five colleges into which Coca-Cola scholars get into include Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Yale, and, Princeton. Top career paths for these students include Business and Finance, Education, HealthCare, Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Law.

The Coca-Cola Alumni network is today a world-changing network consisting of 200+ C-level executives, 7 elected government officials, 175+ business entrepreneurs, 5+ broadway actors and playwrights, 300+ non-profit founders, board members and Presidents, nearly 30 college administrators, 100+ Rhodes, Marshall and Full Bright Scholars, along with 700+ National, State and Local Government Staff.

Almost 150 vibrant students are selected from across the country to receive the award for an impact that they have already begun to create.


Coca-Cola Scholarship application process 2019

If all the eligibility criteria are rightly met then the students can proceed towards the application process which takes the following steps.

  • Visit the Coca-Cola Scholarship login page.

  • Details including biographical information, school activities, community activities, academic and employment information are added.

  • Coca-Cola scholarship application deadline for 2019 is October 31, 2019. The application for the same opened on 1st August 2019


Coca-Cola Scholarship selection process 2019

As the number of applicants outflows a lakh, for a scholarship that would be awarded only to 150 students, the selection process is rigorous and the criteria sharp. Bringing down the applicant numbers to a few hundred from more than one lakh applications is itself a difficult process. The selection process follows several steps as given below.

  • Applications open on the first of August. High School seniors can apply for the same.

  • 1,900 semifinalists are selected by the end of November. These students complete their second application form supplemented with essays, transcripts, and recommendations.

  • 250 Regional finalists are selected by the end of January. Regional interviews are conducted for these students in person or on Skype. These regional finalists receive $500 educational stipend in addition to the amount that the winners receive.

  • After the conduction of regional interviews, 150 students are selected to receive the Coca-Cola Scholarship in early March.

  • The final step in the selection process happens between April 19-22, as the Scholars weekend, be it any year. All 150 scholars are required to attend the Scholars Weekend.


Conclusion

Once a Coca-Cola scholar, you’ll always remain to be one. The alumni of the program receive several opportunities to stay connected with the community through events, summits, or native college campuses. Several community projects are also initiated by the scholarship alumni that help them to create a life-long impact as Coca-Cola scholars.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was founded in 1986 to offer financial aid to the able youth. But today, with frequent follow-up programs, Cola-Cola is able to track the social impact that each of its scholars has created and hence making the growing community into a family of love and leadership. 

Unlike the other scholarship programs, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program are connected for an entire lifetime to serve as a model for their peers and younger ones to practice an act of kindness and leadership. This growing alumni network today has nearly 5,587 members.

This being corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind within the country, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program strives to create a sustainable impact in the society. Moreover, every little contribution is a way to lead a social change.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be a current high school student.

  • Must be U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or U.S. Permanent Resident.

  • Should receive a high school diploma.

  • Intend to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S post-secondary institution.

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