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Sanford Senior Selected as Semifinalist for National Scholarship

Albert Opher, a member of Sanford’s class of 2021, was recently named a semifinalist in the 2020-2021 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Only 1.6% of applicants were chosen as semifinalists for this year’s program, making Albert one of the 1,609 semifinalists chosen from over 99,400 applicants.

Each year, 150 high school seniors are awarded a Coca-Cola Scholarship, the flagship program of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The winners of the scholarship earn $20,000 to put towards their college education, and enter an expansive network of influential alumni worldwide. Every five years, the foundation hosts a leadership summit at Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for alumni of all classes to engage with one another and further develop their leadership skills. 

According to the foundation website, Coca-Cola Scholars are “well-rounded, bright students who not only excel academically, but are also actively involved in their schools. These leaders are passionate and service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community.” The scholarship is achievement-based, and looks to select applicants with proven leadership abilities.  As a member of the Delaware Youth Leadership Network (DYLN), Albert was recognized as an outstanding high school leader in the state of Delaware. Albert is also the founder of Teen Engineering Konnections (TEK), a community impact project for high school students to learn about educational opportunities and career paths in engineering. 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation began providing scholarship programs and enrichment opportunities to current and future college students in 1986. Today, the foundation supports over 1,400 college students with annual scholarships totaling $3.4 million. 

Congratulations to Albert on his achievement, and best of luck in the next round!

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