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10/7/2005

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards EAC student $1,000 scholarship

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Eastern Arizona College student Marquette Richins of Animas, NM has been 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 from Coca-Cola through the New Century Scholar Program of the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college scholastic honorary organization. On June 21, an additional 350 students were awarded a $1,000 scholarship. All recipients have demonstrated academic success and participated in 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 the 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.”

Richins plans to graduate from Eastern this coming May with a degree in English and then transfer to Brigham Young University-Hawaii and continue her English major at the Bachelor’s level. Afterwards she will travel to Taiwan and teach English through the International Language Program. Richins eventually hopes to attain a Master’s degree and teach English at the college level.

The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The Whitehead Foundation provides grants in support of human services initiatives. The late Joseph B. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of Swire Coca-Cola of Safford and The Coca-Cola Company. The Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders. Now in its 6th year of funding the Coca-Cola Two- Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation has provided nearly $2.5 million in scholarship awards to students attending two-year degree granting institutions and more than $26.8 million towards the Coca-Cola Scholars Program during the past 17 years.