Demi Kelly named as 2014 Coca-Cola Scholar
ATLANTA, May 6, 2014 – Demi Kelly an exceptional senior at Daegu High School in Daegu South Korea, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship for college. As a member of the 26th class of Coca-Cola Scholars, Miss Kelly has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement in school and in the community.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. In Daegu, the Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of The Coca-Cola Company. Including the 2014 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has awarded nearly 5,500 Coca-Cola Scholars with a total of more than $53 million in scholarships.
“Demi Kelly is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” said Claude Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United in Birmingham, AL. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Miss Kelly as a 2014 Coca-Cola Scholar.”
On April 3, Kelly joined other Coca-Cola Scholars as they traveled to Atlanta, the international headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, to compete for an additional $100,000 in scholarship awards. Over the four-day weekend, the finalists participated in leadership seminars, toured local landmarks, engaged with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participated in a range of activities including a community service project. The 2014 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars we’re the guest of honor at the annual Scholars Banquet where they celebrated their great accomplishments. Joining in the celebration were representatives from the Coca-Cola System, educators, local dignitaries and friends of the Scholars Foundation. Former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice served as the keynote speaker.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the most-recognized and respected corporate sponsored scholarships in America. The program was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships.