Coca Cola scholarship program
Coosa High senior advances in prestigious Coca Cola scholarship program
Posted on 12/01/2010
Jared Van Curen, a senior at Coosa High School has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 Class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Van Curen ranks with approximately 2,100 high school seniors who are in the running for $3 million in college scholarships that the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award in the spring. Students are selected to advance to this next phase based on the academic excellence, leadership and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities. Jared Van Curen is a highly decorated student at Coosa High. Earlier this year he was named an AP Scholar by the College Board, he is a member of the Floyd County champion CHS Academic Decathlon team, and he participated in the Governor’s Honors program in 2009. 

As semifinalists, students must submit additional information that will be reviewed in January 2011 by a committee comprised of 30 educators from high schools and universities throughout the United States. If advanced, Jared will be among 250 finalists who will travel to Atlanta April 14-17, 2011 to attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend. During their visit they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designated as either a National or Regional Scholar. The 50 National Scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship award while the 200 Regional Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Two additional $20,000 scholarships are awarded by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation including the Coca-Cola Emory Scholarship and the Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

The Class of 2011 Coca-Coca Scholars will mark the 23rd consecutive year that the Foundation has awarded scholarships. With the 2011 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 4,700 young scholars nationwide with over $44 million in scholarships. “As a leading scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Mark Davis, President of the foundation. “The economy continues to affect many students’ ability to attend the college of their choice, so it is critical we continue to stay the course. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation received nearly 71,000 applications this year, and the semifinalists are truly some of the most accomplished students in the country.”

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. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 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.