The Coca-Cola Foundation provided a $50,000 First Generation Scholarship Grant to Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU).

To qualify for the first generation scholarship, students must have maintained a grade point average of 2.8 (4.0 scale) and be the first in their immediate family to attend college.

The grant will support scholarships of $3,125 per year over 4 years to 4 students. Each student will receive $12,500 over four years of college which will provide much needed financial assistance to further their education.

The Coca-Cola Foundation First Generation Scholarship Program is creating opportunities for students who may otherwise not attend college. These opportunities will ultimately change the destiny of each student and their families. The Coca-Cola Foundation is simply the best and we thank them for their vision and commitment to changing the lives of young people in the Mississippi Delta.” says Donna H. Oliver, President of Mississippi Valley State University.

Since 1993, the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program has helped more than 1,200 students on more than 400 campuses become the first in their families to attend college.


About the Coca-Cola Foundation: The Coca-Cola Foundation is our Company’s primary international philanthropic arm. Founded in 1984, the Foundation was established in the U.S. as a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Foundations grants are awarded throughout the year on business plan priorities, tax requirements, legal compliance and approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. At the Coca-Cola Foundation, we help keep that commitment every day by partnering with organizations around the globe to support initiatives and programs that respond in a meaningful way to community needs and priorities.

About Mississippi Valley State University: Mississippi Valley State University, as a Carnegie Classified Master’s University, provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research–a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively impacting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond.