Five USF undergraduates became the first students in California to receive aid from the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program in fall 2011.
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The Coca-Cola Company, through its philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, agreed to provide $500,000 in financial aid over four years to 20 USF students who are the first in their families to go to college. The first recipients of the scholarship at USF and in California are Esther Galan ’15, an international studies major from Fullerton; Justin Koch ’15, a philosophy major from The Woodlands, Tex.; Tiffany Mascarenhas ’15, who plans to major in media studies and is from Fullerton; Jesse Simmons ’15, a graphic design major who was born in San Francisco but moved with his family to Boston at the age of 10; and Quianna Waltmann ’15, who plans to major in nursing and is from Placentia.
USF said the Coca-Cola grant aligns with and furthers its own commitments.
“The University of San Francisco has an exceptional commitment to first-generation students,” said Gary McDonald, associate vice president for communications at USF. “In 2010, first-generation students made up 37 percent of our freshman class, and the University of San Francisco is proud to offer them an outstanding Jesuit Catholic education.”