2013 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation; Regional Scholarship Winner from Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Jon Luke Watts  |  2013 Regional Scholarship Recipient


2013 Coca-Cola Regional Scholar Jon Luke Watts - Hattiesburg MS

Congratulations to Jon Luke Watts of Hattiesburg, Mississippi for being selected from approximately 2,100 semi-finalists in the nation, and 1 of 200 Regional Scholarship recipients by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.  The Regional Scholarship recipients are awarded $10,000 per year for four years.  Jon is a student at Columbia Academy, Columbia, Mississippi and will be attending Ole Miss in the fall.


Pictured at right are Russel Hendley, Vice President, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola Bottling Company and  Jon Luke Watts, 2013 Regional Scholarship Winner of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation


What is the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation?

To celebrate Coca-Cola’s centennial in 1986, the Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola bottlers teamed together to fund the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation. This commitment to education enables the Foundation to support over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca−Cola System.

The mission of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is to provide scholarship programs and alumni enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional peoples’ thirst for knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world.


As seen on the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation official website, here is an “Introduction to the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation” . . .

Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has helped dreams come true for more than 5,000 outstanding students. In high school, these students began their journey of academic excellence, positive leadership and dedication to service. They are continuing throughout their careers to serve others and realize their full potential to change the world and create an enduring legacy.

However, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is much more than a program that awards college financial assistance to exceptional high school seniors. Our organization connects and continually nurtures an extended family of passionate, motivated, service-oriented leaders. This lifetime connection, camaraderie and sense of family are what make the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation unique among scholarship programs.

The Coca-Cola System believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities. We recognize and celebrate the young people across the country who share our commitment to make the world a better place.


Do you know someone who meets the following requirements to apply for a scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation? He or she can visit the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation website to find out more!

  • A current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools);
  • U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
  • Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.