BTW Student Receives $20,000 Scholarship via Coca-Cola Foundation

BTW Student Receives $20,000 Scholarship via Coca-Cola Foundation

Cydney Knotts, a senior at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, 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 30th class of Coca-Cola Scholars, Knotts not only exemplifies superior leadership, service, and academics –she is a change agent, positively affecting others in her community. Knotts was selected from a pool of nearly 140,000 initial applicants from across the country.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the United States and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was established in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to better the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Including the 2018 class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the foundation has awarded over 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholars with a total of $65.5 million in scholarships. 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.

“Cydney Knotts 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 Julie Hamilton, chairman of the board of The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and senior vice president, Global Customer and Commercial Leadership, The Coca-Cola Company. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Miss Knotts as a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar.”

On April 19, Knotts joined other Coca-Cola Scholars in Atlanta, the international headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, for Scholars Weekend. During this four-day weekend, the Scholars participated in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop their leadership skills, toured local landmarks, engaged with Coca- Cola Scholars Alumni, and participated in a group community service project. The 150 Coca-Cola Scholars were also be the guests of honor at the 30th annual Scholars Banquet, where they were celebrated by representatives from the Coca-Cola system, educators, local dignitaries, and friends of the Scholars Foundation. Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and the Sara Blakely Foundation, served as the featured speaker.

In addition to receiving a $20,000 college scholarship, Knotts will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of 6,000 alumni that fosters lasting connections with each other and the Foundation. This alumni network has become a powerful force for positive change, coming together with a shared goal to refresh the world, said Hamilton.

Updated 04-27-2018

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