The Coca-Cola Foundation has been with the American Indian College Fund as a supporter of Indian education for 20 years.
The Coca Cola Foundation knows it is not easy to be the first in a family to go to college. Many Native people would like to go to college, but don’t have the finances or tools to make the right choices about how to get into school or how to succeed once they are there.
The Coca Cola Foundation understands that making decisions about college it is often overwhelming for first generation college students. To help with that transition, it established The First Generation Tribal Scholarship Program with the American Indian College Fund to provide Native students with the necessary access to a college education and the leadership skills to finish school and contribute to their communities.
At least one American Indian scholar at each tribal college is selected to be a Coca-Cola scholar. Students chosen receive scholarships and the opportunity to attend the American Indian Student Summer Leadership Training, a week-long leadership development program. To encourage and honor students for their achievements, each student is honored at a special recognition ceremony.
In addition to supporting a strong scholarship and leadership development programs, the Coca-Cola Foundation consistently supports the American Indian College Fund’s annual Flame of Hope Gala.