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Lourdes Upward Bound student Santoria Sawyer named National $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship recipient

Santoria Sawyer, a Lourdes College Upward Bound student and recent Valedictorian of Morrison R. Waite High School, was recently named among 253 Coca-Cola Scholars class of 2010. Santoria also received an additional honor of being one of only 53 students to receive $20,000 scholarships from the organization. Coca-Cola selected students based on their demonstration of excellence in academics and civic leadership in extracurricular activities and in their communities.

Santoria Sawyer

As part of her honor, Santoria was also given the opportunity to bestow Lisa Hess, Lourdes Colleges Upward Bound Advisor, with Coca-Colas Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award. Lisa was honored by Coca-Cola for her exemplary dedication to the field of education. Lourdes Upward Bound program received more positive news when another student in the program, Shonn Monday, was named Valedictorian of Woodward High School.

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, achievement scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. Including the 2010 Class of Coca−Cola Scholars, the foundation has awarded more than 4,529 Coca−Cola Scholars with nearly $42 million in scholarships. This year marks the 22nd consecutive year the foundation has awarded scholarships.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

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