With the start of the new school year just six weeks away, first generation college students at Albany State University now have a new funding source to tap. Four Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships, in the amount of $3,125 each year for four years, will be awarded to ASU students from The Coca-Cola Foundation. A check will be presented to ASU President Dr. Everette J. Freeman in the amount of $50,000 Friday, June 28 at 11 a.m. in the Student Center.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund Coca-Cola HBCU First-Generation Scholarship is funded through The Coca-Cola Foundation. "At Coca-Cola, we believe education has a major impact in building lives and sustaining communities. The Coca-Cola Foundation is pleased to provide this grant to Albany State University for our Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program," said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America Group. "Each time the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program is established at a new college or university, we're able to help more students fulfill their dreams of pursuing higher education."
The scholarship can be used for tuition and additional fees. "The scholarship will meet the urgent needs of our students," said President Freeman. "They can focus on coursework without dealing with the burden of worrying about how to pay for classes," he said.
To apply for the award, students must be a U.S. citizen, enrolled as a full time incoming freshman at ASU and earn at least a 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. All applicants must also qualify as a first generation college student and submit an essay entitled, "What Does It Mean To Be The First Person In Your Family To Receive A College Degree."
"We're appreciative of Coca-Cola and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for investing in our students," said Clifford Porter Jr., ASU Vice President for Institutional Advancement.