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Alex Young Named Coca-Cola Scholar

Saint Xavier High School proudly congratulates senior Alex Young for being named a 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar. 

He 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 34th class of Coca-Cola Scholars, Alex not only exemplifies superior leadership, service, and academics – he is a change agent, positively affecting others in the community. Alex is one of 150 selected from 68,000+ applicants from across the country to receive this scholarship. 

“I am humbled to receive this honor alongside 149 incredible students from across the nation,” said Young. “No accomplishment worth celebrating is ever done without a team, and I am so grateful for all of the role models in my life that have taught me the value of service and ‘leaving a place better than you found it’. I am so excited for the personal and professional opportunities that come with this program, and I am honored to be in the company of these leaders of tomorrow (and today!).”

“We are so proud of Alex for earning this recognition,” said St. X Principal Amy Sample. “It is enormously competitive and celebrates students making a difference in our world. Alex has fought for years to change the existence of archaic corporal punishment policies in schools, and that is such a testament to the young man he is.”

A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. With the addition of the 2022 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,600 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $78 million in scholarships over the course of 34 years. 

“We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students but also lifts up those around them,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Foundation. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.” 

In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that have become a powerful force for positive change in the world. Through networking, collaborations, and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together. Recent initiatives include a podcast called The SIP and the sixth year of a coaching program that partners seasoned alumni with first-year Scholars as they transition to college. Every 5 years, all alumni are invited to a Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Summit.

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