July 28, 2000


Clarisa Mondejar Selected as 2000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholar

Atlanta — Clarisa Mondejar, a senior at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, is recognized as one of the country's most outstanding high school seniors as Coca-Cola awards her with a $4,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholars college scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholar Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers including Coca-Cola Bottling Company of San Diego and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, merit-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The program recognized a diverse group of exemplary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities.

"Clarisa Mondejar has demonstrated a commitment to educational achievements, leadership and service to her school and community. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name her as a 2000 Coca-Cola Regional Scholar," said J. Mark Davis, president, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Mondejar is one of 200 Regional Scholars to receive a $4,000 college scholarship and one of 252 students across the country benefiting from the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Mondejar competed for 52 National Scholarships of $20,000 or 200 Regional scholarships of $4,000 when she joined some of America's most impressive high school students in Atlanta, Ga., for Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend, April 27-30. Embracing the theme, "Infinite Opportunities," the 2000 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars interviewed with education, business, government and arts leaders from across the country. Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of more than 117,000 high school seniors representing more than 16,500 high schools nationwide.

While in Atlanta, the students also were honored at a banquet where Douglas N. Daft, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, delivered the keynote address. Daft encouraged students to reach for the infinite opportunities that lie before them. The Scholars receive surprise recognition when Coca-Cola, in partnership with the Corporation for National Service, nominated each of them for the President's Student Service Challenge Scholarship. The President's Student Service Award honors high school juniors and seniors who have contributed at least 100 hours of service during the last year. It is designed to reward and encouraged activities that have a significant impact on meeting the needs of local communities. The Scholarship provides $500 for college, a certificate, gold pin and letter from U.S. President Bill Clinton. Former senators, Harris Wof-ford, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National Service, made the announcement.

"The President's Challenge is an opportunity to recognize the service and leadership of today's young people. The President of the United States and the National Corporation for Service are proud to honor each of the Coca-Cola Scholars as their lives truly embody a `service over self attitude'," said Wofford.

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