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Coca-Cola awards Alcorn $50,000 grant to support first generation students

June 13, 2012 – The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Alcorn State University to provide Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships to four students who are the first in their families to go to college. Each student will receive $12,500 in scholarships over four years.

A first for Alcorn, this grant is part of $7.4 million in grants awarded by the Foundation for education in the first quarter, with more than $4.3 million in First Generation Scholarship grants. Including these grants, the Foundation awarded $26 million to benefitting organizations across the globe.

“We measure the success of our commitments by the impact these grants will have in people’s lives, in their neighborhoods and in their communities all over the world,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, Chairperson of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “Seeing the tangible results of partnership and innovation inspires our continued investment to help build sustainable communities around the world.”

“We are greatly pleased that the Coca-Cola Foundation would recognize the importance of investing in Alcorn State University and deeply thankful for this major gift,” stated Marcus D. Ward, vice president for Institutional Affairs/interim executive director, ASU Foundation, Inc. “It will make a tremendous difference and impact generations of families and students who are the first in their family to go to college and fulfill their dreams.”

Minimum scholarship criteria:

• Not have a biological parent or sibling that has attended college

• Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree

• Enroll full-time at Alcorn State University

• Maintain a grade point average of 2.8 (4.0 scale)

Interested students should follow the link to apply www.alcorn.edu/scholarships . Applications will be available beginning August 1, 2012.