Oliver Piltch Named 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar

ATLANTA, February 28, 2015 – Oliver Piltch, an exceptional senior at San Marcos High School Santa Barbara, CA, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 27th class of Coca Cola Scholars, Mr. Pitch has demonstrated superior leadership and dedication to his community and was selected from a pool of nearly 103,000 initial applicants.
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-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. In Santa Barbara, CA, the Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of Coca-Cola Refreshments of Ventura and The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was established in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships. Including the 2015 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has awarded nearly 5,600 Coca Cola Scholars with a total of $56.3 million in scholarships.
“Oliver Piltch is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” said Claude Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United in Birmingham, AL. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name
Mr. Pitch as a 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar.”
On April 16, Piltch will join other Coca-Cola Scholars as they travel to Atlanta, the international headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, for Scholars Weekend. During this four-day weekend, the Scholars will participate in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop their leadership skills, tour local landmarks, engage with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a group community service project. The 2015 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars will also be the guests of honor at the 27th annual Scholars Banquet, where they will be celebrated by representatives from the Coca-Cola system, educators, local dignitaries and friends of the Scholars Foundation. Author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host Suze Orman will serve as the keynote speaker.
In addition to receiving a $20,000 college scholarship, Piltch will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that fosters lasting connections with its members. No other scholarship program maintains such lifetime connections or nurtures such a unique culture. In 2006, a Coca-Cola Scholar Alumni Advisory Board was created to build on the efforts of the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation through networking, mentoring, collaborations and friendships in order to make an even greater positive impact together.


Lauren O’Brien, Communications Manager, 404-733-5426

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