The leading beverage producer pledged $1 million in 2015 to enhance scholarship support for UGA students who are the first in their families to attend college.
This highly successful partnership between UGA and the Coca-Cola Foundation has transformed the lives of 139 first-generation students since 2007. A total of 13 fourth-year UGA Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars were recognized at a celebratory dinner in March at the SkyClub in Sanford Stadium. During the event, President Jere W. Morehead welcomed representatives from Coca-Cola, including Scott Williamson (MMC ’92), former vice president of public affairs and communications at Coca-Cola North America, and Lori Billingsley, vice president of community relations at Coca-Cola North America.
“It is our pleasure to provide the University of Georgia with this grant for the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program. We have seen the transformative difference education makes in the lives of students who are the first in their families to attend college and are proud to continue support for this program.”
– Lori Billingsley | Vice President of Community Relations | Coca-Cola North America
Each Coca-Cola First Generation Scholar receives a $5,000 scholarship annually, which is renewable for a total of four years at UGA, as long as certain academic standards are maintained. Students also have access to support services to help them adjust to college life and ensure they have the necessary academic, cultural and financial support available throughout their undergraduate experience.
The Coca-Cola Foundation established this program at UGA in 2007 with a gift of $1 million and continued support in 2011 with an additional pledge of $1 million. In 2015, the Coca-Cola Foundation once again supported the program at UGA by making a $1 million gift for a new cohort of First Generation Scholars.
“We are immensely grateful for the continued support of one of our state’s pre-eminent corporate partners. Coca-Cola’s generosity is providing vital support for deserving students from Georgia who are seeking to become the first in their families to earn a college degree.”
– Jere W. Morehead | President | University of Georgia
The First Generation Scholars Program is one of many ways through which Coca-Cola has shown its commitment to the state of Georgia’s flagship university. The Atlanta-based company is a consistent Top 25 employer of UGA graduates and is home to a UGA Alumni Corporate Chapter. Through these actions and many others, the world’s leading beverage producer is helping UGA redirect the trajectory of students’ futures and those around them.
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