La Jolla High senior advances in scholars program

Melissa Pouk, a senior at La Jolla High School, has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 Class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. With the 2011 Class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 4,700 young scholars nationwide with over $44 Million in Scholarships.

This year the foundation receieved nearly 71,000 applications, according to its president, Mark Davis.

Melissa ranks with approximately 2,100 high school seniors who are running for the $3 million in college scholarships that will be awarded this spring.

If she advances, she will be among 250 finalists who will travel to Atlanta in April for Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend. During their visit they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designated as either a National or Regional Scholar. National Scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship while the Regional Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Two additional $20,000 scholarships are awarded by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.