Zoe Hopson Named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar

Albany, Ga.-, May 3, 2018 – Zoe Hopson, an exceptional senior at Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany. has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca Cola Scholar’s Foundation. She has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 30th class of Coca Cola Scholars, Hopson was selected from a pool of more than 150,000 applicants from across the country.

“Zoe Hopson is an extraordinary high school senior that has shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to her school and community,” said Ronald Downs, Sales Center Manager for Sylvester Coca-Cola Bottling Company. “Coca-Cola celebrates Zoe, and we are proud she is from our local community.”

Zoe is the founder and captain of her school’s Academic Bowl Team which has competition throughout Georgia and hopes to compete at the national competition in New Orleans. Zoe is also the editor-in-chief of the school yearbook and a web editor of the school newspaper. Away from school, Zoe has spent over 300 hours working as a teaching assistant at the Albany Resource Center for Mentally Disabled Children helping teach and care for autistic children. Zoe is also the Teen Chapter president of the Albany chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, the parent company of Sylvester Coca-Cola, which was also influential in its start-up more than three decades ago. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was established in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to bring better to the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others.

The 2018 class of Coca-Cola Scholars included 150 high school students, selected from more than 150,000 applicants. Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has awarded nearly 6,000 Coca Cola Scholars with a total of $65.5 million in scholarships. 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.

For a full list of 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars and their high schools, please visit:
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