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Recent GHS Grad Awarded Coca Cola UNITED Scholarship

Gardendale Student Michaela Higgins Wins $3,000 Coca-Cola UNITED Scholarship

GARDENDALE, Ala. – Michaela Higgins of Mt. Olive, Alabama and recent graduate of Gardendale High School, is the recipient of a $3,000 Crawford Johnson III and Walker Johnson Jones Scholarship on behalf of  Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. (UNITED).

Michaela is the daughter of Birmingham Coca-Cola associate Brandon Higgins .

“Coca-Cola UNITED has been a family-focused company for 120 years,” said Alan Lincoln, Birmingham Coca-Cola Sales Center Manager. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to provide college scholarships to the children and grandchildren of our associates.”

Coca-Cola UNITED established the Crawford Johnson III and Walker Johnson Jones Scholarship in 1995 in honor of former CEO Crawford Johnson III’s retirement and his 45 years of service to the company.  The scholarship expanded in 2014, when Johnson’s daughter, former UNITED Community Relations Director and current Board of Directors member Walker Johnson Jones, retired after 34 of years of service. The program is a testament to the company’s commitment to education and its focus on associates and their families across its six-state bottling territory.

Every year, 20 children, stepchildren, grandchildren or step-grandchildren of Coca-Cola UNITED associates are selected to receive either a $5,000 or $3,000 scholarship, renewable over four years. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance, leadership, extracurricular activities and service.

The above was taken from a press release shared with The Gardendale News.