Jennifer Hartwell, a sophmore at Genesee Community College this fall, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher-education institutions granting two-year degrees. In April, one scholar from each state received a $2,000 scholarship through the New Century Scholar Program of the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college scholastic honorary organization, which Ms. Hartwell is a member. On June 25, an additional 350 students were awarded a $1,000 scholarship. All recipients have demonstrated academic success and performed 100 hours of community service within the past 12 months."The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program gives support and encouragement to an under-served population of college students," said J. Mark Davis, President of Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "This program is an extension of our long-standing commitment to college education throughout the United States. These fine students, who often juggle school, work and family, continue to give back to their communities through volunteer service."
The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, which provides grants in support of human services initiatives. The late Joseph B. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola. The Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program complements the Foundation's Coca-Cola Scholars Program, which awards more than $1.8 million annually in college scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the most recognized and respected corporate-sponsored scholarships in America.Ms. Hartwell is a 2003 graduate of Pioneer Central School in Arcade and she resides in Delevan, NY. She is studying Elementary Education at Genesee Community College, and she anticipates transferring to SUNY Brockport next year.