University School of Milwaukee senior Afiya Quryshi has been named a 2020 Coca-Cola Scholar—part of a select group of 150 high school seniors who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world. Each of the scholars will receive a $20,000 college scholarship, and Quryshi is one of two seniors from the state of Wisconsin to be selected.
Less than 1/6 of 1% of applicants were chosen to receive this extremely competitive award. The 150 applicants were selected from an initial pool of 93,075 applications. In previous years, students have celebrated at a special weekend-long event hosted by Coca-Cola in Atlanta; this year, however, students will celebrate virtually with an in-person event postponed to a later date.
“When I found out I was a scholar I was beyond excited,” said Quryshi. “I am so honored to have the opportunity to network with peers from around the nation who are changing the course of their communities for the better. As a Coca-Cola Scholar, I am grateful to give back to the community that has shaped me into who I am today, through leadership and service.”
About the Coca-Cola Scholars Program A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca‑Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. With the addition of the 2020 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,300 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $72 million in scholarships over the course of 32 years.