Lauren Sain of Branford High School has been selected from more than 100,000 applicants nationwide as semifinalists for the 2004-2005 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, merit scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities.

This talented student is among 2,600 seniors who are in the running for $1.8 million in college scholarships that the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award in spring 2005. Over 130 Florida students were selected to advance to this next phase based on the level of academic excellence, leadership, and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities.

"On behalf of Florida Coca-Cola's 4,500 employees, it is a privilege to congratulate this exemplary student as a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars program," said Jay Ard, vice president and general manager, Florida Coca-Cola Bottling Company. "This honor is a reflection of each student's continued commitment to excellence. We wish them the very best as they continue to compete with other talented students across the nation."

As semifinalists, students must submit additional information that will be reviewed in February 2005 by a committee comprised of 30 educators from high schools and universities throughout the United States. If advanced, the students will be among a total of 250 Finalists who will travel to Atlanta

April 14-17, 2005 to attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend. During their visit, they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designated as either a National or Regional Scholar. The 50 National Scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship award, while the 200 Regional Scholars will receive a $4,000 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow's leaders through college scholarships. To date, the Foundation has provided nearly $25 million to assist 3,000 young scholars nationwide in the pursuit of their educational goals.

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