As part of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, senior Clara Ma has received a $20,000 scholarship for college. The scholarship is awarded once a year, and is renewable for $5,000 each year for four years.
High school seniors with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA were able to apply on the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation website up until their October 31 deadline. Out of 102,000 total applicants, 2,200 were invited to submit supplementary materials. From there, Ma was chosen as one of 250 finalists in her region and participated in an interview with a Regional Interview Committee.
Applicants then had to wait until late February for the results to be announced. This year, 150 U.S. high school seniors received a Coca-Cola Scholarship. Ma is one of three Kansas students awarded the scholarship.
“The money really helps because we have a lot of family to support in China,” Ma said. “I’d feel so selfish if I went to an expensive college and took away from the well-being of people I love and care about.”
As a result of becoming a Coca-Cola Scholar, Ma has been invited to attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend in Atlanta, Ga. from April 16-19. There, she will be honored at the Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet with the other scholars.
“I’m really happy,” Ma said. “It’s such an honor. I didn’t think that out of so many unbelievably smart and qualified people they’d even notice me.”