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School District Five student named a Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist

For Immediate Release – December 5, 2022



School District Five student named a Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist

IRMO Chapin High School student, Hannah Carson, has been named a semifinalist for the 2023 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.


Carson is one of 17 students selected from South Carolina and one of 1,557 of 91,000 applicants who were selected as a semifinalist nationwide.


I am honored to have been chosen as a semi-finalist for the Coca-Cola Scholarship,” Carson said. “The Coca-Cola Scholarship is not just about the scholarship.  It is about being a part of a powerful community of leaders that strive to make a difference and inspire change in their communities and beyond.  I am excited for this opportunity and hope to be named a 2023 Coke Scholar!"


In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing community of alumni that has become a powerful force for positive change in the world. Through networking, collaborations, and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together. Recent initiatives include a podcast called The SIP (The Coke Scholars Ignite Podcast) and the sixth year of a coaching program that partners seasoned alumni with first-year Scholars as they transition to college. Every 5 years, all alumni are invited to a Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Summit.


“We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students, but also lifts up those around them,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Foundation. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.” 


Semifinalists are now asked to complete Phase 2 applications, which include essays, a recommendation, and a transcript. An independent selection committee will review the applications and recommend 250 Regional Finalists by the end of January to take part in online interviews. 150 Coke Scholars will be named in March to receive a $20,000 college scholarship and attend Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend in Atlanta April 13-16, 2023, where they will be the guests of honor at the 35th annual Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet and participate in the Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Development Institute facilitated by program alumni.


“The Eagle family is incredibly proud of Hannah for being selected as a semifinalist for the Coca-Cola Scholarship,” said Chapin High School Principal Michael Ames. “It is wonderful to see a student's hard work and dedication to academics rewarded in this fashion.”


The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. With its 32nd class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has provided more than $78 million in scholarships to over 6,600 program alumni who together have become a powerful force for positive change. Learn more at