Who are Coca-Cola Scholars? Maybe “high-achieving students selected as high school seniors to receive a college scholarship.” But it’s more than that.

They’re change agents who consistently put their community first, leading by example and serving others.

With that in mind, 80 Scholars, alumni, spouses and Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation staff came together for a weekend in Austin, Texas, with one mission: Make an impact.

The focus was on service and reenergizing and inspiring Coke Scholars to continue their commitment to positively impact their communities as everyday change agents. The weekend of inspiring speakers and projects to refresh Zavala Elementary School did just that.

“The idea is to have them come back here, be together, connect with each other, and remind themselves of the importance of service,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, executive vice president, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

“We’re very proud of their accomplishments, not only personally, but keeping up their commitment to give back to the community. Coca-Cola’s always been focused on giving back, and Coca-Cola Scholars embody that attitude,” said Morris Smith, senior manager of Public Affairs for Coca-Cola North America.

Scholars ended the three-day conference by making service pledges that would impact their community once they return home. “We don’t want to just serve the community, but we want to inspire others to also make a change,” said Rima Patel, 2013 Coca-Cola Scholar.

The 2016 Coca-Cola Service Summit in Austin is the second event of its kind — the first Service Summit was held in Miami the year before. The event is an initiative of the Coca-Cola Scholars Alumni Advisory Board, who looks forward to hosting Service Summits annually.