The Coca-Cola Foundation provided a $50,000 First Generation Scholarship Grant to Mississippi Valley State University. The first generation college students that qualify for a scholarship must have maintained a grade point average of 2.8 (4.0 scale) and are the first in their immediate family to attend college. The Foundation will provide a $50,000 grant to support scholarships of $3125 per year over 4 years to 4 students. Each student will receive $12,500 over four years of college. These funds will provide needed assistance to these students to support their pursuit of an education.
The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program is recognized for its commitment and recognition of the many students who want access to college as well as the opportunity to change their lives, the lives of their families and their communities. Since 1993, the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program has helped more than 1,200 students on more than 400 campuses become the first in their families to attend college.
The Coca-Cola Foundation is clearly the nation’s corporate leader in providing scholarship opportunities, and their commitment to providing scholarships to both first-generation students and the most qualified students is highly commendable,” said Donna H. Oliver, President of Mississippi Valley State University. “The Coca-Cola Foundation First Generation Scholarship Program is creating opportunities for students who may otherwise not attend college. These opportunities will ultimately change the destiny of each student and their families. The Coca-Cola Foundation is simply the best and we thank them for their vision and commitment to changing the lives of young people in the Mississippi Delta.”
The Coca-Cola Company believes education has a major impact in building lives and sustaining communities.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, has contributed more than $340 million to help build sustainable communities worldwide through initiatives focused on water stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling, education, arts and culture and civic affairs.