Scholarships offer Atlanta students opportunity to pursue degree at UW-Madison
The Coca-Cola Foundation has made a $50,000 grant to the College of Engineering to create undergraduate scholarships for minority students graduating from Atlanta area high schools.
The program, supported by additional funds from Coca-Cola associates and the college, marks the first time The Coca-Cola Foundation and the university have collaborated to help boost the number of minority students in the engineering field.
"We see a great deal of opportunity in connecting the College of Engineering's technical expertise with the young people in Atlanta," said R. Fenton-May, director of operations development at The Coca-Cola Company. "This partnership broadens the career and education options for local students and offers them a chance to gain strong technical skills which they can apply in Atlanta or in communities around the country." Fenton-May holds an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from UW-Madison.
John G. Bollinger, dean of the UW-Madison College of Engineering, said the program will also be a first for the college. "We've worked closely with many high schools before, but this new program marks a more comprehensive commitment that links two communities--Madison and Atlanta--with a common goal of advancing excellence in education," Bollinger said. "The scholarships program creates a bridge for students to transition from high school into college, and helps us tap the talent and interest of our future engineers."
The program will pair scholarship recipients with mentors from The Coca-Cola Company and will also help students secure summer internships.
In partnership with the university, the Atlanta branch of the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) will help select scholarship recipients. The first students in the Coca-Cola scholarship program are expected to enroll in fall 1998.