ATLANTA – Nicole Scott, a senior at Payson High School has been recognized as one of the country’s most exceptional high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $10,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholarship for college.
Scott, a member of the 22nd class of Coca-Cola Scholars, has demonstrated academic excellence and civic excellence in school and in the community, says Coca-Cola in a press release
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.
Locally, the foundation is supported by the financial commitment of Swire Pacific/Flagstaff and The Coca-Cola Company. Including the 2010 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the foundation has awarded 4,530 Coca-Cola Scholars with a total of nearly $42 million in scholarships since 1989.
“Nicole Scott is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown an unwavering commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” said Claude Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and CEO and President of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United in Birmingham, AL. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Scott as a 2010 Coca-Cola Regional Scholar.”
Scott joined 252 of America’s most impressive high school students who competed for the 53 National Scholarships of $20,000 and 200 Regional scholarships of $10,000 during the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend, held March 25 – 28 in Atlanta. Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of nearly 69,000 representing approximately 15,000 high schools nationwide. The 2010 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars interviewed with a National Selection Committee representing education, business, government and arts leaders from across the country.
During the Scholars Weekend, the 2010 class was also recognized at a banquet held in their honor. Nationally acclaimed educator Ron Clark gave an inspiring keynote address. The scholars also participated in seminars, toured local landmarks and conducted a rain barrel collection community service project with the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the most-recognized and respected corporate sponsored scholarships in America. The program was created 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.