Reaching this level distinguishes these students as extraordinary leaders in their school and community. Nearly 86,000 applicants and more than 1,900 Semifinalists participated in the program across the nation. Regional Finalists then participated in the next phase of the selection process, a 20-minute interview with a Regional Interview Committee, comprised of a Foundation staff member and previous Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship recipients.
After these interviews, 150 students were named Coca-Cola Scholars and received a $20,000 college scholarship.
These 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will attend the 2017 Scholars Weekend April 20-23, 2017, where they will meet their peers for a time of inspiration, fun, and camaraderie. Scholars will be honored at the 29th annual Scholars Banquet and participate in a Leadership Development Institute, an intensive leadership training during Scholars Weekend that challenges them to develop an inside-out leadership philosophy.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with prestigious annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca-Cola System.