CIAA Essay Contest Presented by Coca-Cola and Food Lion Awarded During CIAA Tournament Championship

A total of 14 winners were awarded $30,000 in scholarships and grants

The CIAA Essay Contest Presented by Coca-Cola and Food Lion awarded a total of $30,000 in scholarships to 14 deserving CIAA students on Saturday evening during the CIAA Tournament men’s championship game. The four grand prize winners included Fayetteville State University senior Adrianna Seeney and graduate student Sylvia Hayes along with Winston-Salem State University senior Kari Dawson and sophomore Taylor Walker. Each received a $5,000 scholarship.

"Food Lion’s partnership with the CIAA is a strategic alliance that supports our commitment to education and Diversity & Inclusion, said Garland Scarboro, Diversity & Inclusion Manager. "Food Lion's ongoing partnership with the CIAA and Coca-Cola, has helped us to provide scholarship opportunities and recruit top, diverse talent. Together, we are touching the lives of our future." 

“Coca-Cola Consolidated has a strong commitment to the education and youth empowerment of our communities,” said Aimee Cox, Director of Sponsorships for Colleges and Universities at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “We are thrilled to support the CIAA tournament and help provide resources for deserving students at CIAA schools.”

In addition to the scholarship, all four grand prize winners attended the CIAA Tournament, and each received hotel accommodations, covered travel expenses, game tickets for two, step show tickets, exposure to corporate executives of Food Lion and Coca-Cola, and participated in an on-court presentation acknowledging them during half-time of the men’s Championship game.  

Ten first-place winners, representing five CIAA member institutions, each received a $1,000 grant.

The essay contest asked contestants to submit an essay on “How has the history of your CIAA institution influenced you as a student?” The essays were judged on originality/creativity, grammar/vocabulary and overall style.

Since its inception in 2011, the CIAA Essay Contest Presented by Coca-Cola and Food Lion has awarded over $210,000 in scholarships to deserving CIAA students.

 

 

4 Grand Prize Winners ($5,000)

 

Adrianna Seeney

Fayetteville State University

Senior

Sylvia Hayes

Fayetteville State University

Graduate Student

Kari Dawson

Winston Salem State University

Senior

Taylor Walker

Winston Salem State University

Sophomore

 

10 First Place Winners ($1,000)

 

Brandye Cropper

Fayetteville State University

  Sophomore

Anthony Drakeford

Johnson C. Smith University

  Senior

Ashley Bellinger

Johnson C. Smith University

  Freshman

Taylor King

Lincoln University of PA

  Freshman 

Shanique Yates

Virginia State University

 Graduate Student

E'Aysha Scaife

Virginia State University

  Freshman

Joshua McNair

Virginia State University

  Junior

Nadaja Womack

Winston Salem State University

  Junior

Christina Mason

Winston Salem State University

  Sophomore

Amber Raiford

Winston Salem State University

  Senior

 

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