Chaney student is a semifinalist in Coca-Cola Scholars

Staff report


Kaitlyn Cook, a student at Chaney High School, has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 Class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

With the 2011 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 4,700 young scholars nationwide with more than $44 million in scholarships.

“As a leading scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Mark Davis, foundation president.

“The economy continues to affect many students’ ability to attend the college of their choice so it is critical we continue to stay the course. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation received nearly 71,000 applications this year and the semifinalists are truly some of the most accomplished students in the country,” he said.

Kaitlyn ranks with about 2,100 high school seniors who are in the running for $3 million in college scholarships that the Coca-Cola Scholars will award in the spring.

Students are selected to advance to the next phase based on the academic excellence, leadership and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities.

The Class of 2011 Coca-Cola Scholars will make the 22nd consecutive year the foundation as awarded scholarships.

As semifinalists, students must submit additional information that will be reviewed this month by a committee comprised of 30 educators from high schools and universities throughout the U.S.

If she advances, Kaitlyn will be among 250 finalists who will travel in April to Atlanta to attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend.

During their visit, they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designated as either a national or regional scholar.

The 50 national scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship award. The 200 regional scholars will receive $10,000 scholarships.

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