Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Early Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021
Coca-Cola is helping Clayton State University make dreams real for some deserving students. The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the beverage giant, has given the University $665,000 to support scholarship for first-generation students, as well as women in STEM and Leadership programs. The funds targets students who are high achievers and demonstrate a financial need.
The University will award the following:
First Generation Scholars in Wellness cohort
Ten awards available, $9,500 per student (awarded over two or four years) for First Generation students enrolling at Clayton State University meeting the eligibility criteria and demonstrating financial need. Students selected for these scholarships will be pursuing careers in areas related to health, health administration and wellness. This cohort will work with faculty, staff, and partnering organizations to create wellness assessments to better understand the health needs of our surrounding communities. The cohort will also engage in community outreach along with faculty to educate citizens on issues of morbidity as well as health disparities exacerbated by COVID-19.
Women in STEM cohort
Twenty awards available, $9,500 per student (awarded over two or four years) for Women in STEM. Fifteen scholarships will be awarded to women in support of environmental research, namely water quality research and testing in partnership with the Clayton County Water Authority and other organizations dedicated to preserving natural watersheds and wetlands. Five additional scholarships would be awarded to women studying mathematics/statistics to provide support in data-analytics for all research projects conducted by the cohorts.
First Generation Scholarships in Civic Engagement cohort
Ten awards available, $9,500 per student (awarded over two or four years) for First Generation students enrolling at Clayton State University meeting the eligibility criteria and demonstrating financial need. Students selected for these scholarships will be pursuing careers in related civic, political science, sociology, or criminal justice fields of study. This cohort will work with faculty, to develop curriculum designed to help college students understand their relationship to all levels of government and discover their civic identity. The cohort will also engage with regional leaders to discuss policy initiatives, both at the municipal and state level.
Scholarships in Social Innovation cohort
Ten awards available, $9,500 per student (awarded over two or four years). Because of the interdisciplinary nature of social innovation, recipients can be First Generation or Women in STEM. Qualifying students may be considered from a wide range of degree programs. This cohort will work with faculty to identify persistent and systemic problems facing communities in South Metro Atlanta. They will engage with local leaders and community members to design programs that lead to innovative and sustainable solutions to advance the historically under-served communities within the University’s service area.
Women in Leadership cohort
Twenty awards available, $9,500 per student (awarded over two or four years) for women pursuing studies in business related fields. The Women in Leadership cohort will engage with faculty from the College of Business to explore contemporary issues women face related to bias and leadership development. The cohort will further be broken into four groups of five women that will focus on project management for all participating cohorts; identifying goals and working with the participants of each cohort to ensure that desired outcomes are being met and tracked.
What are the benefits of being a Coca-Cola Scholar at Clayton State University?
- $9,500 for tuition and fees (awarded over 2 or 4 consecutive years)
What does it take to be a Coca-Cola Scholar?
To be considered for the competitive Coca-Cola Scholarship award, students must:
- Be a current or admitted student for the Summer of Fall 2021 semester
- Submit an application for the scholarship program
- Attend a mandatory formal interview (if selected as a finalist)
- Actively participate in your chosen cohort for the 2-year duration of the program
- Willingness to attend and partake in specific scholarship events throughout the year
Eligibility qualifications include:
- Grade Point Average of 2.85 or above
- Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate degree seeking student
- Completed FAFSA required, to demonstrate financial need
- Meet Financial Aid SAP requirements
- First Generation student or female enrolled in a qualified STEM or Leadership program
For questions about the scholarship, contact:
Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions (678) 466-4115 | firstname.lastname@example.org