Coca-Cola, which started the Scholars program in 1986, also named 200 finalists as regional winners, with each receiving a $10,000 college scholarship.
Mansfield and the other scholars 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,” Claude Nielsen, chairman of the board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and president and chief executive officer of Coca-Cola Bottling United in Birmingham, Ala., said in the news release.
During the Scholars Weekend, the 2013 scholars were recognized at a banquet which included a keynote address by noted author and journalist Tom Brokaw, the news release said. Scholars also interviewed with a selection committee of education, business, government and arts leaders from across the country to determine their award amount.
In addition, they took part in seminars, toured Atlanta-area landmarks and helped with a community-service project in the city.