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Fifteen students honored as Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars

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Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars for 2013-14 are (from left) front row: Nga Chung

Athens, Ga. – Fifteen University of Georgia freshmen were honored as Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year at a dinner held on April 14 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, welcomed scholars and their parents to the event. Scott Williamson of the Coca-Cola Company was on hand to present the scholarship certificates, along with Linda Brigham of the Coca-Cola Company and Laura Jolly, UGA’s vice president for instruction. Williamson and Lauren Mayo, a third-year public relations and consumer economics double major and Coca-Cola First Generation Scholar, addressed the honorees.

The 2013-14 Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars and their hometowns include first-year students:

Ting Chen, Darien;
Nga Chung, Norcross;
Brianna Cornman, Griffin;
Jessica Durden, Haddock;
Shanteria Hines, Allenhurst;
Tai Hoang, Norcross;
Xuechu Lin, Cumming;
Diem Nguyen, Duluth;
Masud Parvez, Doraville;
Crystal Schreck, Cumming;
Kayla Smith, Brunswick;
Rebecca Song, Buford;
Enid Truong, Duluth;
Narissa Turner, Mansfield; and
Roger Yang, Hinesville.

The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship supports academically outstanding students who are the first in their families to attend college and demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship, which provides $5,000 per year in addition to the HOPE Scholarship, is renewable for an additional three years if the recipients maintain certain academic standards. The Coca-Cola Foundation has funded the scholarship to 261 University of Georgia students since 2007.