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COCA-COLA USA AND EVANDER HOLYFIELD TEAM UP FOR HEAVYWEIGHT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR ATLANTA YOUTH

 ATLANTA, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Coca-Cola USA and former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield today announced the formation of a program that will provide 12 Atlanta high school seniors with four-year scholarships to Atlanta University Center institutions.
 The Coca-Cola USA/Evander Holyfield Atlanta Scholarship Program will provide high-achieving graduates of the Atlanta public school system with full undergraduate scholarship support to attend Spelman College, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University. The scholarships are valued at nearly $350,000.
 Four Coca-Cola USA/Evander Holyfield Scholars will be named each year in 1993, 1994 and 1995. This year's scholarship recipients are Venus L. Phillips, 18, of Atlanta; Richard L. Randolph, 18, of Atlanta; Antuan K. Weeks, 18, of Atlanta; and Dwindle J. Patrick, 18, of Ellenwood, Ga.
 Phillips graduated from Walter F. George High School and plans to become a pediatrician. She will be attending Spelman College.
 Randolph graduated in the top three percent of his class at George Washington Carver High School and plans to become a neurologist or trauma specialist. He will be attending Morris Brown College.
 Week's career goal is to become an aeronautical engineer. He also graduated from Walter F. George high school and will be attending Morehouse College.
 Patrick is undecided about which career path he will choose. He graduated from Southside Comprehensive High School with a grade point average of 3.8 and will be attending Clark Atlanta University.
 "This program continues The Coca-Cola Company's commitment to supporting youth and education in Atlanta in the 1990's and beyond," said M. Douglas Ivester, executive vice president and principle operating officer/North America, The Coca-Cola Company. "We applaud Evander for his initiative to create this program and the students who have endeavored to achieve so much."
 Holyfield, a graduate of the Atlanta public school system, requested a portion of his compensation as spokesperson for Coca-Cola USA be used to establish the scholarship fund.
 Holyfield's association with The Coca-Cola Company dates back to December 1990, when he signed a sever-year endorsement agreement with the company.
 Recipients are chosen by each college's scholarship selection committee. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement. Scholarship applicants who live in public housing will be given special consideration if they meet all other criteria.
 At the request of Holyfield, this year's scholarship recipients also were required to submit a written essay on their career aspirations for review by the scholarship committee.
 "I personally read these essays and was truly moved by what these young people have accomplished," said Holyfield. "I am proud to partner with The Coca-Cola Company and commend these students for meeting the challenge of graduating from high school and reaching for higher education."
 Scholarship recipients will be required to maintain the grade point average required by each college and provide stewardship on their academic progress and career goals to The Coca-Cola Foundation, which will administer the program on behalf of Coca-Cola USA and Holyfield.
 Each scholarship is valued at approximately $29,000 and covers annual tuition and fees for four years.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Butin of Coca-Cola, 404-676-5775/
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