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September 22, 2006

Gwinnett Tech Students Win $1,000 Scholarships from Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program
Bacchus and Hoster rewarded for academic success, community service


Gwinnett Technical College students Matthew Bacchus and Shelley Hoster have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Bacchus received his diploma in the college's EMT program and is now enrolled in its paramedic associate degree program. Hoster, an early childhood care and education student at Gwinnett Tech, also recently brought home the gold medal in the national SkillsUSA competition in the preschool teaching category.

Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher-educating institutions granting two-year degrees. All recipients have demonstrated academic success and participated in community service within the past 12 months.

"The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program gives support and encouragement to an under-served population of college students," said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "This program is an extension of our long-standing commitment to college education throughout the United States. These fine students, who often juggle school, work and family, continue to give back to their communities through volunteer services."

The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The Whitehead Foundation provides grants in support of human services initiatives. The late Joseph B. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola.

Now in its seventh year of funding the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation has provided $2.8 million in scholarship awards to students attending two-year degree granting institutions and more than $29.7 million towards the Coca-Cola Scholars Program during the past 18 years.

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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech’s service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit

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