Coca-Cola Scholars

Why Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation President Mark Davis is Known as the 'Bowtie Guy'

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As president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Mark Davis invests in visionary young leaders who refresh the world... while sporting a refreshing style of his own. Since its creation in 1986, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has provided scholarship support to more than 5,700 students who are committed to academic excellence, leadership and service.  “We have incredibly talented men and women in this program, and to see them care about

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'It's Not Just a Scholarship'

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“Congratulations to the 2016 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars. It was an honor to be part of this year’s selection process. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has been instrumental to my life — not just because of the significant financial help with college, which was huge — but due in large part to the network of great scholars and the support of the Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company (including CEO Muhtar Kent, who personally champions Scholars and the

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The Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein Shares Career Advice With Coca-Cola Scholars

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David Rubenstein, who rose from blue-collar – not blueblood – beginnings to become one of the world’s foremost financiers and philanthropists, recently shared his story and words of wisdom with the 2016 class of Coca-Cola Scholars.  Rubenstein's father dropped out of high school to fight in World War II, then worked for the postal service in Baltimore. “I realized early on that we didn’t have a lot of money,” Rubenstein said March 31 during

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What My Coca-Cola Scholar Mentees Taught Me

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I spent the last weekend watching 17-year-olds turn strangers into besties, belt out the lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby, and learn why David Rubenstein decided to buy the Magna Carta. They also happened to be 150 of the brightest high school seniors in America—and our newest class of Coca-Cola Scholars. Now...why was I there? This year marked my 10 year anniversary as a Coca-Cola Scholar, and I figured the best way to celebrate was to relive my Scholars

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Rainbows After the Rain: My Journey to Becoming a Coke Scholar

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My journey to becoming a Coca-Cola Scholar is as unique as is for each Scholar, but for me this scholarship proved to be a defining moment after years of physical and mental recovery. Just like rainbows come after rain, miracles come after struggles. For me, this major obstacle began when I was six years old. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the entire body. In middle school, I attended classes

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8 Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni Making a Difference

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A group of 150 high school seniors arrive in Atlanta today for the 2016 Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend. During the four-day weekend, the Scholars will participate in a Leadership Development Institute, an intensive training that will challenge them to develop an inside-out leadership philosophy. They’ll also tour local landmarks, engage with former Coca-Cola Scholars, participate in a group community service project, and be the guests of honor at the

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Giving Back News Center

Coca-Cola Ambassadors Wake Up Early to End Homelessness in Atlanta (Sept. 2016) Coca-Cola to Award 5,300 Recycling Bins to U.S. Communities and Colleges (Sept. 2016) Journalists Get First-Hand Look at Coca-Cola Response to Nepal Earthquake (Sept. 2016) What Do Farmers in Thailand, Monkey Cheeks and Coca-Cola Have in Common? (Sept. 2016) Coca-Cola Foundation Grants to Support Organizations Benefiting Women and Girls of Atlanta's

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Coca-Cola Scholar Elise Stefanik is the Youngest Woman Elected to Congress

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It wasn’t until Elise Stefanik won her primary last fall that she learned her Congressional bid had the chance to make history. A general election victory to represent New York’s sprawling 21st district in the U.S. House of Representatives would make the then-30-year-old Harvard grad the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. “Once the news was out, parents started bringing their daughters to various political events on the campaign trail

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Coca-Cola Scholars in Congress: A Q&A with Senator Ben Sasse

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For over 25 years, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has invested in rising college students who show great potential to lead and be a force for good in their communities. While Class of 1990 alumnus Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) is only in his first term in U.S. Congress, he has already proven himself to be an accomplished leader and problem solver, with an incredibly diverse resume for a career that spans just two decades.  Senator Sasse has worked

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Coca-Cola Scholars and the Power of Mentoring

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Wow. It’s hard to believe it was 24 years ago that I walked across the stage at Scholars Weekend in Atlanta. To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember most of the banquet, but I can recall all the faces of the peers I met and the fun we had and how I felt so humbled by the amazing people around me. I still feel that way! For one of the first times as a young person I felt perfectly comfortable and so absolutely inadequate all at the same time.

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