Selection Process & Timeline


Stage 1 | Application Opens

High school seniors may apply for our scholarship online between August 1 and October 31 at 5 p.m. Eastern.


Stage 2 | Semifinalists are Announced

Around 1,900 students are selected to advance as Semifinalists in late November. These students will complete an additional application, elaborating on their first and supplementing it with essays, a transcript, and recommendations.


Stage 3 | Regional Finalists are Announced

250 students will be selected to move forward as Regional Finalists in late January. These students will then schedule regional interviews, either in person or via Skype, with our Regional Interview Committee to take place in mid-February. Each student who becomes a Regional Finalist will receive at minimum a $500 educational stipend.


Stage 4 | Coca-Cola Scholars are Announced

After regional interviews, 150 students will be named Coca-Cola Scholars in early March and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.


Stage 5 | Scholars Weekend

All 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will be flown to Atlanta for Scholars Weekend April 19-22, 2018. While in Atlanta, they will be the guests of honor at the 30th annual Scholars Banquet, participate in the Leadership Development Institute facilitated by program alumni, and work together at a group community service project. All 150 Scholars are required to attend Scholars Weekend.


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