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Friday, April 16, 1999

Fuentes to compete for scholarship

Jonathan Fuentes from Pecos High School in Pecos will be starting college with some help from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

He is one of 250 high school seniors nationwide selected as a Finalist to receive a Coca-Cola scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate sponsored scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. In 1999 the Coca-Cola Bottlers' Association pledged additional funds to increase the number of awards from 150 to 250 increasing the Coca-Cola System's commitment from $1.4 to $1.8 million. Since 1986, the Scholars Foundation has aided more than 1,750 students, awarding $15.7 million in scholarships.

"Each year, as our family of Coca-Cola Scholars continues to grow larger, so does the legacy the Coca-Cola Bottlers started in 1986, when the created the Scholars Foundation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola Scholars deserve congratulations for their accomplishments, as do our bottlers for their continued support to their communities," said H.L. "Sandy" Williams, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and President, Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works of Corinth, MS.

On April 22-25, the Finalists will travel to Atlanta, where they will compete for 50 four-year college scholarships of $20,000 and 200 four-year scholarships of $4,000. While in Atlanta, the Scholars will interview with a National Selection Committee, tour the city, meet with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a range of activities. In keeping with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation's mission of enriching the educational opportunities of the young people it serves, the 1999 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars will be addressed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a banquet in their honor.

Coca-Cola Scholars are a diverse group of students, who have a proven commitment to their schools, their communities and their families. The 1999 Coca-Cola Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of more than 137,000 high school seniors representing more than 16,000 high schools.

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