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Ohio University-Zanesville student awarded Coca-Cola scholarship

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (June 27, 2005) -- Margaret Best-Miller of Caldwell, a student at Ohio University-Zanesville has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. She will go to the Athens campus in the fall.

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 participated in community service in the past year.

"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 Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The Whitehead Foundation provides 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. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program, which awards more than $1.8 million annually in college scholarships, 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 in 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. Now in its 6th year of funding the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the foundation has provided nearly $2.5 million in scholarship awards to students attending two-year degree granting institutions and more than $26.8 million towards the Coca-Cola Scholars Program during the past 17 years.

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