Several winners of Clayton State University’s first-ever $500,000 Coca-Cola Scholars program were announced this week with a surprise visit from the president and University Advancement staff.
Nearly a dozen students taking summer classes around campus received balloons and a six-pack of Coca-Cola after they learned they were scholarship winners.
“Being selected for the Coca-Cola Scholarship is exciting,” said Warnitris May, a scholarship winner working on a bachelor’s in computer science. “This scholarship will allow me to gain a broader knowledge of computer science and allow me to study abroad without having to worry about finances. My dream is to use the knowledge I gain to help more girls get into computer science and STEM programs.”
A total of 50 students earned the Coca-Cola scholarship out of 400 submissions.
The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided funds to support scholarships for first-generation students, as well as female students interest in STEM and Supply Chain. The funds targets students who are high achievers and demonstrate a financial need.
Each student will receive $10,000, which will be used to cover tuition and fees for two years, in addition to funding an experiential learning opportunity such as study abroad, a conference, or competition for up to a year.
More information about the scholarship program and how to apply can be found at http://www.clayton.edu/financial-aid/Scholarships/Coca-Cola-Scholars.