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Johnson C. Smith University partners with Coke Consolidated

Charlotte, N.C. (June 14, 2012) – Johnson C. Smith University has received a $50,000 grant from the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid for freshmen who are the first generation in their families to attend college.

Scholarship candidates must have maintained a high school grade point average of 2.8. Each student selected will receive $3,125 for four years for a total of $12,500.

Last fall, 618 first generation students were enrolled at the university, which represents nearly 40 percent of the total student body. “Johnson C. Smith University has a history of breaking through barriers and giving students the support they need to become successful role models for the next generation,” said President Ronald L. Carter.

"It is an honor for Coke Consolidated to be a part of this amazing moment in the students' lives," said Reginald Bean, director of multi-cultural marketing at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.  "We have a strong commitment to the communities where we live, work and do business.  We are excited to watch the students' journey of higher education and wish them the best of luck in their college careers and beyond." 

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.        

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
704.330.1338 |


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