Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Semifinalist

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Semifinalist
Posted on 12/06/2017

Large, nationally acclaimed scholarships are a coveted desire of most high school seniors on the college path. However, few make it beyond the first step of submitting an application. For one LCHS senior, taking that first step has already paid off. On November 21, 2017 Ottilie Cooper-Ohm received an email from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation informing her that she had been among the roughly two-percent of applicants handpicked as a semifinalist. So, what does it take to make it this far? In an interview with Ottilie, I was able to dig a little deeper into that question.

  1. Which area do you want to study/major in college?

    Right now, Ottilie states that she is, “interested in way too many things.” She listed a few possibilities including Bio- Med Engineering, Creative Writing, and maybe even Law.

  2. How many semifinalists are picked from the initial round of applicants?

    There are 2,000 semifinalists total, which is roughly 2% of everyone that applied.

  3. What was the process like in applying for the Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship?

    Ottilie had to submit several short essays of 300 words each and provided evidence of service activities and awards.

  4. What type of service activities and awards did you include?

    Ottilie volunteers at the zoo and youth group. Although Ottilie has not received a formal award for volunteering, she related a story about a very personal award given by an individual. During Ottilie’s bus riding years, she was one of the first students picked up, and the one of the last to leave. A younger student on her route with nearly as much time spent on the bus each day was struggling with some of his classes. Ottilie stepped up began tutoring him on the bus on a daily basis. At the end of the term, the student created an award for Ottilie, citing her as the “Best Bus Tutor”.

  5. What was your motivation in applying for the scholarship, knowing that it was a long process with (likely) limited results?

    “I just thought I would go for it, you never know.”

  6. Do you have any advice for juniors or seniors applying for scholarships?

“If you find a scholarship you are interested in, just go for it. Go for everything!” Ottilie also advises students to keep their collection of essays and application materials together, but overall, she said “make your application unique.”

Great Advice Ottilie! Good luck in the next phase of the scholarship contest!  

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