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Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards university student $1,000 scholarship

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 16, 2004) -- Ohio University-Zanesville student Sara Rishel of Zanesville received a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for this academic year.

Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation awards 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher-education institutions granting two-year degrees. All recipients have demonstrated academic success and performed 100 hours of community service within the past 12 months.

"The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program gives support and encouragement to an under-served population of college students," said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "This program is an extension of our long-standing commitment to college education throughout the United States. These fine students, who often juggle school, work, and family, continue to give back to their communities through volunteer service."

The program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, providing grants in support of human services initiatives. The late Joseph B. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola.

The Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program complements the Foundation's Coca-Cola Scholars Program, which awards more than $1.8 million annually in college scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the most recognized and respected corporate-sponsored scholarships in America.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Zanesville and The Coca-Cola Company. The Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow's leaders.

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Media Contact: Grants & Special Project Coordinator Christine Shaw, (740) 588-1509 or ouzpr@ohio.edu  

Editor's Note: A photo of Sara Rishel is available on the Web at www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/pr/sara_rishel.jpg

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