Join the conversation – Coke Scholarly Advice for Millennials #CokeScholarsChat – Tuesday, May 5, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Mark those calendars! @CocaColaCo is partnering with @CokeScholars to host a #CokeScholarsChat on Twitter offering advice to soon-to-be seniors, students who are graduating and students transitioning into the work place. 

How can students and young professionals harness their networks, tap into their entrepreneurial savvy, and employ their passions to pave their way to success as graduation approaches? Who better to answer these questions than the people behind the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation? Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has recognized and supported more than 5,500 outstanding students with life-changing scholarships and enrichment opportunities.

On May 5th, @CocaColaCo invites students to participate in a Twitter Chat (using #CokeScholarsChat) featuring Coca-Cola Scholarship recipients, Jack Andraka (@JackAndraka), Steven Olikara (@StevenOlikara), Lindsay Hyde (@Lindsay_Hyde), and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation President, Mark Davis (@Scholarola). This gold star team of experts and insiders will offer advice, share life lessons and answer questions about school, applications, resumes, career tips, valuable internships, the Coke Scholars experience and anything else you can think of that relates to being a better you!

Please join @CocaColaCo in what will be an open and enlightening discussion between Coke Scholars experts and millennials embarking on the important journey of education and the workplace. And remember, we want to hear from you, too! (Chat guidelines at the bottom)

Meet the Panel:

Jack Andraka

Jack Andraka, Coke Scholars 2015 Class
Rising Coca-Cola Scholar

Andraka is a Maryland high school student who at age 15 developed a novel paper sensor for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that costs 3 cents and takes 5 minutes to run. This discovery has led to him winning the Gordon E. Moore award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as well as being honored by the White House, being featured on 60 minutes, and delivering a TED talk with over 3.5 million views. Andraka is also a passionate advocate for open-access publishing and was given the Champions of Change award by the White House for his efforts. 

Steven Olikara

Steven Olikara, Coke Scholars Alum '08
Co-Founder and President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP)

In this role, Olikara activates young policymakers to bridge partisan divides and forge common ground on future-focused policy issues. He was the driving force behind establishing the bipartisan Congressional Future Caucus, the nation’s first Millennial-led caucus in the U.S. Congress. A nationally-recognized social entrepreneur, his work has been featured on NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. Olikara has been named the Millennial of the Year, an Aspen Ideas Scholar, and one of the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 in Washington Life magazine.

Internationally, Olikara advises multi-platinum recording artist Akon's Lighting Africa, an initiative to electrify 1 million homes in rural Africa. Previously, he worked at the World Bank and advised eight-time Grammy winner Usher’s Foundation on youth initiatives. He also served as Harry Ott Fellow on Coca-Cola’s Environment Team, developing public-private water projects with USAID in Africa. Steven frequently speaks on next generation leadership for universities and conferences and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin as a Udall and Truman Scholar, the nation’s highest undergraduate honor for public service leadership. 

Lindsay and Brody

Lindsay Hyde, Coke Scholars Alum '00
Founder, Baroo; Founder, Strong Women, Strong Girls

Hyde is an avid entrepreneur, most recently launching Baroo, a company that establishes dog daycare centers inside corporate office buildings. She graduated from Harvard Business School in 2014. While in school, she served as a research associate to Professor Janet Kraus on a study of women entrepreneurs who had risen $25M or more in venture capital financing. Additionally, she served as the team lead for 21DTLV, an apprenticeship initiative launched in Downtown Las Vegas in partnership with Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and The Downtown Project. Finally, she served as the team co-lead for the Harvard IdeaCorps team, which partnered MBA students with innovative start-up companies helping to grow the New Orleans economy.

Prior to starting business school, Lindsay was the President and Founder of Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized mentoring program that fosters high aspirations among girls and provides them with the skills they need for success. 

Mark Davis

Mark Davis
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation President

2015 marked the 27th class of Coca-Cola Scholars, and Davis is proud to say he has met all of these bright young men and women, since the first class in 1989. 

Mr. Davis is an alumnus of the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a BBA in Accounting. He went on to work for Price Waterhouse & Co. and eventually joined the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation as Vice President of Finance in 1987, when the program started. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1994, and then became President in 1998. 

Among other accomplishments, Mark has served on the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees, Project Read Board of Directors, Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia Board of Directors, Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club Board of Directors, and was a Founding Director and second president of the National Scholarship Providers Association. His interests include history, current events, movies, reading, backpacking & mountaineering.

REMEMBER: Mark your calendars for an hour-long conversation- Tuesday, May 5, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Guidelines and How to Join the Conversation: 

  • Sign in to your Twitter account by 3:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 5
  • Follow @CocaColaCo
  • Search the hashtag #CokeScholarsChat to follow along the conversation
  • Don’t forget to include the hashtag #CokeScholarsChat in your tweets. 
  • Ask your questions!
  • Please be sure to stay on topic. We will answer questions around the Coke Scholars foundation and give college and career advice.
  • We will share a recap blog on here after the chat to try to answer any questions that do not get answered. 
Share your questions ahead of time in the comments below, and then join us in the conversation next Tuesday. See you then!