Central Hardin High School seniors Anna Hayes and Elizabeth Mattingly have been named semifinalists for the 2019 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. They move to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and to possibly earn one of 150 college scholarships worth $20,000.
Nearly 1,900 high school seniors were selected as semifinalists from a pool of nearly 96,000 applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities.
A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the United States and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind. With the addition of the 2019 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,150 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $69 million in scholarships over the course of 31 years.
We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students, but also lifts up those around them," said Jane Hale Hopkins, President-Elect of the Foudation. "The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communites they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment."
Semifinalists are now asked to complete Phase 2 applications, which include essays, recommendations, and transcripts. An independent selection committee will review the applications and select 250 Regional Finalists by the end of January to participate in online or in-person interviews. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will be named in March and come to Atlanta in April for a celebratory banquet and Leadership Development Institute facilitated by program alumni.