The University of Alabama

Luncheon to Honor Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars at UA

NOTE: Media are invited to this event and are welcome to arrive before noon to meet the students and to stay for lunch.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A luncheon honoring The University of Alabama’s 2012-2013 Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars will be at noon Tuesday, April 2, in Smith Hall on the UA campus.

The speaker will be Gary P. Fayard, Coca-Cola executive vice president and chief financial officer. Fayard earned a bachelor’s degree from UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. Other Coca-Cola executives will be on hand to meet and honor the 12 freshman recipients of the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships. UA President Judy Bonner will present the recipients with certificates from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships are awarded to deserving Alabama students who are the first in their families to attend college. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship each year for four years.

The 2012-2013 UA Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars are:

Kyler Angeloff, of Cottondale, College of Engineering

Rachel Bonner, of Tuscaloosa, Capstone College of Nursing

Lauren Bowling, of Fairhope, College of Education

Maggie Chavez, of Birmingham, College of Arts and Sciences

Derseraie Colby, of Ozark, Culverhouse College of Commerce & Business Administration

Ashlyn Cook, of Ariton, Culverhouse College of Commerce & Business Administration

Demetrius Edwards, of Gallion, College of Engineering

Sehar Ezez, of Demopolis, College of Arts and Sciences

Tanner Kelley, of Northport, College of Arts and Sciences

Tyler Merriweather, of Tuscaloosa, College of Communication and Information Sciences

Brandon Wallace, of Butler, College of Arts and Sciences

Jerrica Watkins, of Athens, Capstone College of Nursing

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.