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Kapiolani Community College Student Receives Coca-Cola Foundation Award

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Nov 4, 2003

Michael Hewitt, a student at Kapiʻolani Community College, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to recognize students for their academics and record of community service. One scholar from each state receives a $2,000 scholarship through the New Century Scholar Program of the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college scholarship honorary organization. An additional 350 students receive a $1,000 scholarship. All recipients demonstrate academic success and performed 100 hours of community service within the past 12 months.

After obtaining his bachelor‘s degree in social science from Hawai'i Loa College in 1986, Hewitt is currently a student of the Information Technology and Paralegal Program at KCC. Since 1986, he has committed himself to the maintenance and preservation of Hawaiian cultural and research sites, such as Halawa Valley, Kaneohe Bay, Kailua Heiau, and the Hawai'i Institute for Marine Biology. In addition, he is also an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society and a tutor for "Networking into the Millennium," a free basic computer skills class for the elderly and disadvantaged.

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, particularly programs that benefit young people. The late Joseph B. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola.

The Coca-Cola Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of the local Coca-Cola Bottlers and The Coca-Cola Company. The 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. Now in its fourth year of funding, the Foundation has provided more than $1.6 million in scholarship awards to students attending two-year degree granting institutions and more than $23 million in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program during the past 15 years.