Guyer Student Saylor Snowden Named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar

Guyer Student Saylor Snowden Named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar

by Steve Gamel

Guyer High School senior and Lantana resident Saylor Snowden is now a national scholar after receiving a $20,000 scholarship from The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, officials from the foundation stated in a recent press release.

Saylor was selected to the 30th class of the Coca-Cola Scholars from a pool of nearly 140,000 applicants from across the country for exemplifying superior leadership, service, and academics. Per the release, her application process was comparable to one from college, consisting of three rounds (semifinalist, regional finalist, and finalist) that included extracurricular activities, honors and awards, transcripts, multiple essays, recommendations, and a committee interview before a board comprised of Coca-Cola executives and former scholars.

“Saylor Snowden is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership, and service to her school and community,” said Julie Hamilton, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Senior Vice President, Global Customer & Commercial Leadership, The Coca-Cola Company in the press release. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Miss Snowden as a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar.”

Saylor is one of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars for 2018. Only 11 of those winners are from Texas, and Saylor is one of four from North Texas. Each scholar received $20,000 for college. The other winners from North Texas are Shree Balaji of Frisco Liberty High School, Lal Lawmi of Dallas Emmett J. Conrad High School, and Meghana Nadella from Allen High School.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Company. It is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States.

The Foundation was established in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola while pushing its investment in the leaders of tomorrow, both academically and in service
to others.

Including the 2018 class of scholars, the Foundation has awarded nearly 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholars with a total of $65.5 million in scholarships, the press release stated. The Coca-Cola system believes that investing in students who are leaders; both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities.

Per the press release, Saylor was slated to visit The Coca-Cola Company’s international headquarters in Atlanta on April 19 for a Scholars Weekend. During the four-day weekend, the Scholars participate in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop their leadership skills with top business executives, tour local landmarks, engage with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a group community service project.

The class of scholars was also scheduled to be guests of honor at the 30th annual Scholars Banquet. Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and the Sara Blakely Foundation, was scheduled to be the featured speaker.

Saylor Snowden
photo courtesy of Barbara Snowden

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