Thurgood Marshall College Fund and The Coca-Cola Foundation Award First Generation Scholarships to FSU Students

Date: January 30, 2018

Four Fayetteville State University (FSU) students have been awarded first-generation scholarships from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. The scholarships were made possible from a $50,000 donation to FSU from TMCF and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Receiving the scholarships are:

  • Carlee Davila, a sophomore criminal justice major from Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Theodore Dudley, a freshman accounting major from Elm City, N.C.
  • Shalay Pridgen, a freshman computer science major from Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Celeste white, a freshman nursing major from Fayetteville, N.C.

TMCF is the nation's largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.To date, the organization has awarded more than $300 million in such assistance to its students and member-schools. TMCF also distributes 98% of its awards exclusively to HBCUs and PBIs, which is more than any other organization that supports the Black College Community.Since its inception in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has given back more than $820 million to enhance the sustainability of local communities worldwide. The foundation is Coca-Cola's primary international philanthropic arm. The Foundation was established in the U.S. as a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,200 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.For more information, call (910) 672-1474 or email

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