Friday, February 27, 2015

BHS Senior Wins Coca Cola Scholarship


Congratulation to Nikhil Thakkar, who was selected as one of 150 Final Coca Cola Scholars from an initial 103,000 applicants! As a national winner Nikhil will be receiving a $20,000 renewable scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta for the official Scholars Weekend. His application process was comparable to a college application, consisting of three rounds (semifinalist, finalist, winner) including lists and explanations of extracurricular activities, honors and awards, transcripts, etc, 6 essays and an interview.

Here is information about the Coca Cola Scholars Program:

"Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has helped dreams come true for more than 5,400 outstanding students. In high school, these students began their journey of academic excellence, positive leadership and dedication to service. They are continuing throughout their careers to serve others and realize their full potential to change the world and create an enduring legacy. Our organization connects and continually nurtures an extended family of passionate, motivated, service-oriented leaders. This lifetime connection, camaraderie and sense of family are what make the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation unique among scholarship programs. The Coca-Cola system believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities. We recognize and celebrate the young people across the country who share our commitment to make the world a better place."

Here is the official press release from Coca Cola:

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lauren O’Brien, Communications Manager

Nikhil Thakkar Named 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar

Nation’s Most Prestigious Scholarship Program Awards
Burlington High School Student $20,000 for College

ATLANTA, March XX, 2015 – Nikhil Thakkar, an exceptional senior at Burlington High School in Burlington, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 27th class of Coca Cola Scholars, Mr. Thakkar has demonstrated superior leadership and dedication to his community and was selected from a pool of nearly 103,000 initial applicants.
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. It was established 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. Including the 2015 class of Coca Cola Scholars, the Foundation has awarded nearly 5,600 Coca Cola Scholars with a total of $56.3 million in scholarships.
“ Nikhil Thakkar 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 Mr. Thakkar as a 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar.”
On April 16, Nikhil will join other Coca-Cola Scholars as they travel to Atlanta, the international headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, for Scholars Weekend. During this four-day weekend, the Scholars will participate in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop their leadership skills, tour local landmarks, engage with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a group community service project. The 2015 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars will also be the guests of honor at the 27th annual Scholars Banquet, where they will be celebrated by representatives from the Coca-Cola system, educators, local dignitaries and friends of the Scholars Foundation. Author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host Suze Orman will serve as the keynote speaker.
In addition to receiving a $20,000 college scholarship, Nikhil will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that fosters lasting connections with its members. No other scholarship program maintains such lifetime connections or nurtures such a unique culture. In 2006, a Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni Advisory Board was created to build on the efforts of the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation through networking, mentoring, collaborations and friendships in order to make an even greater positive impact together.

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For a full list of 2015 Coca-Cola Scholars and their schools, please visit: http://www.coca colascholarsfoundation.org/2015-coca-cola-scholars/

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