Carter Boyd, an exceptional senior at Loyola College Preparatory and Emory Prothro, an exceptional senior at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, have been recognized as two of the country’s most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and have each been awarded a $10,000 scholarship for college.

As members of the 24th class of Coca-Cola Scholars, Mr. Boyd and Miss Prothro have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement in their schools and in the community. 

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. In Shreveport, the Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of Coca Cola Refreshments and The Coca-Cola Company. Including the 2012 Class of

Coca-Cola Scholars, The Foundation has awarded more than 5,000 Coca-Cola Scholars with a total of more than $47 million in scholarships. 

“Carter Boyd and Emory Prothro are part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” said Claude Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling United Inc. Company in Birmingham, AL. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Mr. Boyd and Miss Prothro as 2012 Coca-Cola Regional Scholars.”

Mr. Boyd and Miss Prothro joined 252 of America’s most impressive high school students for the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend, held April 12 – 15 in Atlanta, GA to compete for 52 National Scholarships of $20,000 and 200 Regional scholarships of $10,000. Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of nearly 84,000 representing approximately 23,000 high schools nationwide. 

During the Scholars Weekend, the 2012 class was recognized at a banquet held in their honor.  Philanthropist and Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman provided the banquet keynote address.   Scholars also interviewed with a National Selection Committee representing education, business, government and arts leaders from across the country to determine their award amount, participated in seminars, toured local landmarks and participated in a community service project, painting recycled syrup concentrate drums donated by The Coca-Cola Company to be used as rain barrels by the Atlanta community.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the most-recognized and respected corporate sponsored scholarships in America.  The program 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.