Seven TUHSD Students Named Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalists

Seven Tempe Union High School District students have been named semifinalists for the 2017 class of Coca-Cola Scholars:

Daniel Bish - Corona del Sol
Jocelyn Chen – Desert Vista
Bobae Johnson – Desert Vista
Aarzoo Kumar – Desert Vista
Rohit Rungta – Desert Vista
Benjamin Pope – McClintock
Maur Rapp - Mountain Pointe

These students rank with approximately 1,900 high school seniors who are in the running for 150 prestigious college scholarships worth $20,000 each. Students are selected to advance to this next phase based on academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. Tempe Union has more semifinalists than any other school district in Arizona and Desert Vista has more semifinalists than any other high school in Arizona.

“As a premier scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Mark Davis, President of the Foundation. “The economy continues to affect many students’ ability to attend the college of their choice, so it is critical we continue to stay the course. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation received nearly 86,000 applications this year, and the Semifinalists are truly some of the most accomplished students in the country.”

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 fosters lasting connections with its members. No other scholarship program maintains such lifetime connections or nurtures such a unique culture. Coca-Cola Scholar alumni stay in touch through regional councils, special events, and though their local Coca-Cola bottling facilities. 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.

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. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created 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.

The class of 2017 Coca Cola Scholars will mark the 29th consecutive year that the Foundation has awarded scholarships.

Find the full list of Semifinalists from across the country at