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West High student selected as finalist for Coca-Cola Scholar

Rajiv Tarigopula, an outstanding senior from West High, has been selected as a member of the 22nd class of Coca-Cola Scholars. Tarigopula was selected as a finalist from more than 2,200 semifinalists for having demonstrated the academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement epitomized by winners of this scholarship.
Tarigopula is one of 253 high school seniors selected nationwide to compete for a cash scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. On March 25, Tarigopula will join other finalists as they travel to Atlanta to compete for 53 four-year college scholarships of $20,000 and 200 four-year scholarships of $10,000. Over the four-day weekend, the finalists will interview with a national selection committee, tour local landmarks, meet with former Coca-Cola scholars and participate in a range of activities including a community service project. Additionally, the students will attend a banquet in their honor attended by representatives from the Coca-Cola System, educators, local dignitaries and friends of the Scholars Foundation.
Last year, Tarigopula served as a U.S. Senate Page and received a perfect score on the ACT and SAT tests.
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is one of the most-recognized and respected achievement based scholarships in America. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 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.  Including the 2010 Class of Scholars, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has provided more than 4,529 young scholars nationwide with nearly $42 million since the Foundation's inception.  The program is open to all high school seniors in the United States from 26,000 high schools.  Coca-Cola Scholars come from all 50 states and more than one-third are minorities.