Spelman College is fortunate to count The Coca-Cola Co. and The Coca-Cola Foundation as a longtime partner. Their generous gifts of more than $2.3 million over the years have provided support for important campus priorities such as scholarships for hundreds of students, annual sponsorship of the Women of Color Conference, and programmatic efforts such as The LEADS-Coca-Cola Intergenerational Leadership Mentoring Program. Additionally, The Coca-Cola Co.’s employees often serve as volunteers, mentors and guest-speakers on campus.
As 2011 was coming to a close, The Coca-Cola Foundation once again demonstrated their commitment to Spelman’s mission by pledging to invest $1.2 million to the College during the next four years. This new gift will provide $1 million to support the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program and $200,000 to continue the work of the program that they helped to create with The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. This important gift also aligns with the College’s Project 2015, a program that focuses achieving a 100 percent graduation rate for Spelman’s class of 2015.
“The Coca-Cola Co. strives to be a positive force in every community we serve,” said Helen Smith Price, C’79, executive director of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “One of the most powerful ways to make a community stronger is to invest in its young people through education. Our grant of $1.2 million creates access to a quality education for many deserving and aspiring students who want to make a difference in their lives and in their communities.”
The Coca-Cola scholarships, in particular, will support this important work through annual scholarships of up to $10,000 to eligible students from the class of 2015 with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrated financial need, and who are the first in their families to attend college. The Intergenerational Leadership Mentoring Program will continue to empower Spelman women to develop wise decision-making skills that will accelerate their personal, professional, and community-service developments.
“The support from Coca-Cola provides LEADS the opportunity to accelerate the decision-making skills of Spelman College students through leadership sessions, job shadowing and one-on-one mentoring,” said LEADS Executive Director Dr. Jane E. Smith, C’68. ”Mentors from the professional community assist students in building professional relationships, setting attainable goals, broadening their perspective and becoming focused.”
If you are interested in learning more about this gift, please contact Shelese Lane, director of corporate and foundation relations, at 404-270-5110 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you would like to make a gift, please go to https://speldoc.spelman.edu/Donation.nsf/Donationv3. – Written by Kristine Haskett, development writer, in the Office of Institutional Advancement.