Weaubleau Student Earns Scholarship From the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company commends Catalina Richard, an exceptional senior at Weaubleau High School in Weaubleau MO, recently recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Richard received a $10,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholarship for college. Richard, a member of the 21st class of Coca-Cola Scholars, has demonstrated academic and civic excellence.

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 in the United States. In Weaubleau, the Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company and The Coca-Cola Company. The Foundation has awarded 4,276 Coca-Cola Scholars with a total of $38 million in scholarships.

“This student is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to school and community,” said Sandy Williams, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and President of Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works in Corinth, MS. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Richard as a Regional 2009 Coca-Cola Scholar.”

Richard joined 252 of America’s most impressive high school students who competed for 52 $20,000 National Scholarships and 200 $10,000 Regional scholarship during the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend, held April 2 – 5 in Atlanta. Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of more than 74,000 representing approximately 23,000 high schools nationwide.

During the Scholars Weekend, the 2009 class of Coca-Cola Scholars interviewed with a National Selection Committee representing education, business, government and arts leaders from across the country.

The Scholars were also recognized at a banquet held in their honor. Michelle Peluso, 1989 Coca-Cola Scholar and former CEO of Travelocity, gave the banquet keynote address. Scholars also participated in seminars, toured local landmarks and conducted a beautification project at the Chattahoochee River.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the most recognized and respected corporate sponsored scholarships in America. The program was created 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.