The Coca-Cola Foundation — the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company — has awarded a $1.2 million grant to Morehouse College to support leadership programs and scholarships for Morehouse College students.
Of the $1.2 million, $600,000 will continue funding the Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program. The first of its kind at a historically black college and university, this program has been a beacon in providing leadership training to high school students and college pre-freshmen since 1997. The other $600,000 will provide Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships to students who are the first in their families to go to college.
This grant is part of $26 million in grants awarded by the Coca-Cola Foundation to 85 community organizations across the globe during the first quarter. The grants support the Foundation’s global priority areas, including: $9.7 million for water stewardship; $3.6 million for fitness and nutrition; $7.4 million for education (including $5 million for first generation college scholarships); and $4.9 million for community recycling, and other local priorities, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, youth development, and civic initiatives.
“We measure the success of our commitments by the impact these grants will have in people’s lives, in their neighborhoods and in their communities all over the world,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, Chairperson of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “Seeing the tangible results of partnership and innovation inspires our continued investment to help build sustainable communities around the world.”
The Foundation’s grants will make a powerful difference and will benefit:
- 2 million people worldwide with improved access to clean water or sanitation;
- 3.1 billion liters of water will be conserved; 48 tons of debris will be collected;
- 8.9 million people will benefit from increased water conservation and education;
- 2.3 million youth and adults will participate in fitness or nutrition programs; and
- 255,000 students will benefit from education programs; 32,639 will be awarded scholarships; and 169 colleges and other schools will receive grant support.
More information about the Coca-Cola Foundation grants is available here.