Athens, Ga. – Twelve University of Georgia first-year students have been awarded Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year. Three returning UGA students also received the award.
This scholarship, funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation since 2007, supports academically outstanding students who are the first in their families to attend college. Recipients must demonstrate financial need to be eligible.
Recipients receive $5,000 per year in addition to the state-supported HOPE Scholarship.
The Coca-Cola award is renewable for another three years of undergraduate study if recipients maintain certain academic credentials.
The 2009 Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars (listed by county) are:
Name / Hometown / High School / Parent(s)
Incoming First-Year Students
Adrienne Wilson / Garden City / Herschel V. Jenkins High School / Mr. & Mrs. Phillip & Melvino Wilson
Jonathan Payne / Canton / Cherokee High School / Ms. Edilma S. Payne
William Bowen / Bainbridge / Bainbridge High School / Ms. Lajean Bowen
Eduardo Sanchez / Douglasville / Lithia Springs High School / Mr. & Mrs. Eduardo & Maria Sanchez
Jessica Craddock / Fayetteville / Starr’s Mill High School / Mr. & Mrs. Wesley & Darlene Craddock
Mirsada Haticic / Grayson / Grayson High School / Ms. Sehada Kruskic
Cindy Nguyen / Lawrenceville / Collins Hill High School / Ms. Lien Ly
Yesenia Vargas / Flowery Branch / East Hall High School / Mr. Guadalupe Vargas & Mrs. Herlinda Serna
Megan Abbott / Temple / Haralson County High School / Mr. & Mrs. Greg & Michelle Abbott
Brandon Hamm / Hartwell / Hart County High School / Ms. Sebrena Jenkins
Natasha Patel / Watkinsville / Oconee County High School / Ms. Tarli Patel
Neil Patel / Vidalia / Vidalia High School / Ms. Nayana Patel
Returning UGA Students
George Dyke / Winder / Winder-Barrow High School / Mr. & Mrs. George & Alexis Dyke
Jiahui Liu / Athens / Oconee County High School / Ms. Yanna Jian
Wynonna Chandler / Nicholson / Jackson County Comprehensive High School / Mr. Dana Chandler & Ms. Diane Chandler