The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program was established at UA in 2006. Since then, the Coca-Cola Foundation has donated $4 million to support first generation scholars at UA.


Each spring, incoming freshman are selected as Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program recipients at The University of Alabama. Students are selected through a competitive interview process during their senior year of high school. This scholarship program is available only to first year, in-state students.

The scholarship provides $5,000 a year, renewable for four years, provided that recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Students who apply for the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program must:

  • Be a first generation student, defined for this program as a student from a family with neither parents nor siblings that received any post-secondary (after high school) education;
  • Be an Alabama resident;
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher; and
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Application Steps for High School Seniors:

  1. Complete the UA Scholarship Application by January 15. Be sure to check the box that indicates you are interested in applying to the university’s first generation scholarship programs.
  2. Complete the supplemental application. This will be emailed in late January or early February to students who indicated an interest in applying to the university’s first generation scholarship programs (Step 1).
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
  4. Participate in an on-campus interview with the Selection Panel in the spring semester.
    Note: Spring 2021 interviews will be conducted remotely by Zoom and travel to campus will not be necessary.

Students selected as Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars must:

  • Enroll in a designated BCE 101: Freshman Compass course during the fall semester;
  • Attend a designated Camp 1831 session;
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA;
  • Participate in all required activities, programs, and service projects; and
  • Meet regularly with the First Generation Scholarships Program Coordinator.