2003-03-15 / Community

Coca-Cola Scholar Search Yields 2 Local Semifinalists

Anna Sloush, a student at Beach Channel High School and resident of Rockaway Park; and Kareem Edwards, a student at Thomas Edison Vo-Tech High School, have been selected from over 100,000 applicants nationwide as semifinalists in the 2002-2003 Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

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, merit 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.

Sloush and Edwards rank with over 2,000 seniors who are in the running for $1.8 million in college scholarships being awarded by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Students are selected to advance to this next phase based on the level of excellence, leadership and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities. This year marks the fiftieth year Coca-Cola will be awarding these scholarships, providing a total of $23 million to assist young scholars nationwide in the pursuit of their educational goals.

As semifinalists, students must submit additional information that will be reviewed in February by a committee comprised of 27 educators from high schools and universities throughout the United States. If advanced, Sloush and Edwards will be among a total of 252 Finalists who will travel to Atlanta, April 24 – 27, to attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend.

During their visit they will attend a final interview process which will determine whether they are designated as either a National or regional Scholar. The 52 National scholars will each receive a $20,000 renewable scholarship award, while the 200 Regional Scholars will receive a $4,000 renewable scholarship.

The program was created in 1986 by the Coca-Cola Bottlers, and the Coca-Cola Company to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships.

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