GPS senior Anya Parambath has been named a semifinalist for the 2023 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.
Officials said, "This year, 1,557 high school seniors were selected as semifinalists from a pool of over 91,000 submitted applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities.
"Only 17 students in Tennessee have made it to the Semifinal round; Anya is the only student from Chattanooga.
"The semifinalists are in the running for 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 each.
"A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. With the addition of the 2023 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,750 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $81 million in scholarships over the course of 35 years."
“We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students, but also lifts up those around them,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, president of the Foundation. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.”
Along with the other Semifinalists, Ms. Parambath will complete the Phase 2 application, which includes essays, a recommendation and a transcript. An independent selection committee will review the applications and recommend 250 regional finalists by the end of January 2023 to take part in online interviews. In March, 150 Coke Scholars will be named to receive a $20,000 college scholarship and attend Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend in Atlanta April 13–16, 2023, where they will be the guests of honor at the 35th annual Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet and participate in the Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Development Institute facilitated by program alumni.
"In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing community of alumni that has become a powerful force for positive change in the world," officials said. "Through networking, collaborations and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together. Recent initiatives include a podcast called The SIP (The Coke Scholars Ignite Podcast) and the sixth year of a coaching program that partners seasoned alumni with first-year Scholars as they transition to college. Every five years, all alumni are invited to a Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Summit.
"The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. With its 34th class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has provided more than $78 million in scholarships to over 6,600 program alumni who together have become a powerful force for positive change. Learn more at Coca-ColaScholarsFoundation.org."