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The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 29th class in 2017, the Foundation has provided over 5,850 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $63 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. The application for this program and all applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Before You Apply

We advise reading the information below before you start your application so you can be fully prepared.

Gather This Information

  • A transcript – There is no need to upload, email, mail, fax, or submit in any other fashion, a copy of your transcript. While completing the application, you will be asked to type in your specific grades since your freshman year and their course levels. Having your transcript nearby will help you fill in this information.
  • A school profile – You will need this to answer several questions about your school such as your school code, the number of AP, IB and Honors classes your school provides, and the number of community service hours required for graduation.
  • Contact info  The name, email address and phone number of your guidance counselor and principal.
  • A list of school and non-school related clubs and organizations in which you have participated since your freshman year as well as any corresponding leadership positions.
  • A list of honors and awards that you received when participating in school, and non-school-related clubs and organizations and the level of each award (Local, State, Regional or National) since your freshman year.
  • A list of volunteer organizations with which you have served and the number of hours served with each, plus any awards and honors that you have received for your participation since freshman year.
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Give Gareth Bale away and sign this star-Diego Maradona

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DIEGO MARADONA has told Real Madrid to give Gareth Bale away and replace him with Kylian Mbappe.

Argentina legend Maradona believes it’s time Real cut their losses with Bale and could see the Wales star joining either AC or Inter Milan.

Bale cost Madrid a then world-record fee of £85m in 2013 but has missed the majority of this season through injury.

Meanwhile, Mbappe has been a key part of Paris St-Germain’s prolific strike force alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Maradona is adamant that Bale should be ousted from the Bernabeu and replaced by the up and coming Mbappe.

He told AS: “Bale? Sell Bale, give Bale away, although [Real president] Florentino [Perez] is less likely to give him away.

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“He’ll surely be a makeweight for something, and Florentino will be left with half of Madrid or half of Italy and Bale will play for AC Milan or Inter. But I think they have to buy Mbappe.”

Bale has a chance to prove Maradona wrong when Real take on Gremio in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Amid Bale’s struggles in Spain, Manchester United have been heavily linked with the ex-Tottenham star.

And shock reports from Spanish outlet Diario Gol this week claimed that Jose Mourinho has an agreement with Bale and has now convinced United chiefs to make a move for him.

It is said that Real are pushing for £79m to let the winger leave but the Red Devils are only willing to pay £53m for the 28-year-old.

Bale has scored three times in his last five appearances for Los Blancos including the winner in their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final victory over Al Jazira.

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‘SALAH IS A GREAT PLAYER’ – ZIDANE LAUDS LIVERPOOL ATTACKER

Zinedine Zidane says Mohamed Salah is a player he rates a lot amid rumours linking Real Madrid with the Liverpool star.

Salah has made a flying start to life at Anfield this season, repaying the club-record fee, an initial €42 million that could rise to €50m, Liverpool parted with to recruit him from Roma by netting 19 goals in 25 matches.

Madrid did not reinforce their attack in the close-season and have struggled to achieve their usual potency, with Gareth Bale battling injury and Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema lacking form.

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Reports this week have credited Los Blancos with an interest in Salah as the January transfer window approaches.

And, asked by an Egyptian journalist at the Club World Cup about the 25-year-old, Zidane said: “Salah is a great player, [he has] shown that at Roma, now Liverpool.

“He is still young, improving all the time. I don’t talk much about other players, but he is a player I rate a lot.”

The French coach was also called on to defend his compatriot Benzema, whose struggles have been seized on by the unforgiving Spanish media.

“I don’t agree with the way he’s been criticised,” Zidane said.

“What’s important for me is not only goals. Karim is a different player; he won’t score 50, 60 goals but he’s scored a lot of goals in our shirt.

“For me, Karim is one of the best in this sense as a team player.

“I defend him to the death because he is not only one who could have problems.”

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Secrets To Get Your V1SA Approved –Tips to help you travel anywhere in the world

Ways to get your Visa application approved for Africans – Africans generally love the idea of travelling outside their country, whether for work, school or vacation, however, most times, they are unable to make their desired trip as due to immigration issues: they need to apply for a visa to visit most foreign countries, especially those outside Africa.
While every visa application is judged fairly, rigorously, and on its merits, often times, Africans have their visa application rejected or denied for reasons ranging from mistakes made by an unscrupulous agent, insufficient funds and false information. Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal, understands that getting a visa rejected can be quite a painful experience as the process is tedious, and so, if you are in Nigeria, read on to discover top three secrets on how to get your visa application approved by foreign embassies.

1. Do not make mistakes in the visa application
The visa application, whether paper or electronic, is a formal document and it is important that you do not make any mistakes while inputting required information. Make sure you write your answers clearly or type them in with clear font. Scan and correct typos, run­on sentences and jargons, including slangs. Ensure you avoid big grammar as well or ambiguous phrases. Keep your responses short, simple and straight to the point; you stand a higher chance of getting your visa that way. When you eventually go for interview as well, make sure you are prepared, so that your answers correspond with what you already inputted in the forms submitted. Also, answer with confidence as a weak and feeble answer can be your undoing.

2.Sufficient Funds

The pattern and consistency of inflow and outflow of funds recorded in your account are one of the most credible evidence that embassies rely on to justify giving you a visa. Apart from having sufficient funds, it is essential that it can be traced to a reliable source. If there is a sudden surge of funds in your account, that is not consistent with the average pattern over the previous 12 months, then you need to explain it. One of the criteria according to The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs state that your bank statement must reflect you can cater for your expenses while in the United States.

3.Do Not Give False Information

When you apply for a visa, make sure it contains no misrepresentation of fact in either the application itself or the supporting documents. Document fraud is typically discovered at the consulate when the foreign national goes in for the visa interview. If you submit fraudulent documents, such as a fake passport, educational degree, or something else, it can result in permanent visa ineligibility.

4.Clear Purpose of the Trip

Be precise on where you are going, especially the reason why you want to visit the country. If it’s for tourism or studies; also be sure of your length of stay, which is when you intend on travelling and your return date (back to your home country)

5.Strong Socio-Economic Ties

 Using your last savings to embark on a vacation is questionable, instead prove that you have a strong economic reason ( i.e a good job, investments and sufficient funds) which are good reasons for you to return to your home country.

Visa officers want to make sure that after your trip is over you will return to your home country. Hence officers want to see if there are compelling reasons in terms of strong ties you have with your home country. Show proof of “strong ties” that bind you to your country of residence. The Consular Officers conducting visa interviews look for proof that you will return to your country. Evidence of “strong ties” includes proof of economic ties, business ownership or employment, social and family relationships

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Thierry Henry To Visit Nigeria For Guinness Made Of Black, On 17th December 2017

Guinness is delighted to announce that Made of Black ambassador, Thierry Henry will be visiting Lagos on 17th-18th December as part of the Guinness Made of Black programme. Look out for his special message to Nigerians ahead of his visit on the Guinness Nigeria Facebook page @GuinnessNGR

During his time in Nigeria, the international football icon will meet winners of the ‘Be a Front Row Fan’ consumer promotion, which is currently running across the country. He will join them to watch the West Brom v Manchester United EPL game at Landmark event centre Victoria Island and celebrate their passion for football and their Made of Black spirit in the ultimate viewing centre event. He will also officially unveil Nigeria’s brand new Made of Black brand ambassador and join well-known names at an exclusive Nigerians Made of Black celebration event.

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If you would like to be in with a chance of meeting Thierry Henry in December, look out for special promotional bottles of Guinness in your favourite bar and SMS the code under the crown to 1759 for a chance to win. Instant win prizes of cash and airtime are also up for grabs. Participants must be over legal purchase age (18+).
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Adenike Adebola, Marketing Director Guinness Nigeria Plc said, “Thierry Henry is a great example of someone Made of Black spirit. He is best known for his time at Premier League club, Arsenal where he achieved a number of accolades. But his early days there were challenging. No goals in his first eight games left people questioning the record transfer fee. But he had the confidence in his ability and was determined to show people what he was made of. Henry carved his own path to bring his creative flair to the game, he worked hard to demonstrate and his skill and ability; ultimately changing the way the game was played in England and showing that he was truly Made of More.”

Guinness embodies the Made of Black mindset. It is an iconic beer that has the darkest liquid, but the brightest flavours. A beer that has lived in the hearts and minds of millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years but has always had the authenticity, boldness and vision to do things differently.

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FG Plans New Oil, Gas Policies As Oil Production Hits 2.1m Bpd

The Federal Government is in the process of legislating new oil and gas policies within the next few months.

Besides, Nigeria’s crude oil production in the Niger Delta region has reached about 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) from 2016 crude oil production averaged 1.8 million bpd, including condensate.

The statutory objective of the new policies, according to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is to create a market-driven oil and gas industry, maximize production and processing of hydrocarbon, move away from oil as a source of income and as a fuel for economic progress.

Others are to minimise the environmental footprint of oil exploration and production, manage oil and gas resources and renewable energy.

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Osinbajo, who spoke yesterday at the Oil Producers Traders Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), added that the new policies are also expected to move the oil economy to gas, diversify supply options within Nigeria, ensure security of supply, extend gas to the domestic market to sustain the growth of electric and agriculture, gain the presence of Nigeria’s gas at the international market and to end gas-flaring.

Osinbajo listed the challenges in the oil industry to include security, institutional capacity, funding of investment, high industry technical cost, upstream legislation and fiscal regimes, downstream sector issues and infrastructural constraints.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday said it had begun move to start drilling exploration wells in the Benue State sector of the Benue Trough.

Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said this when he led a delegation to Governor Samuel Ortom.

He said the company had also concluded arrangement to build a biofuel plant that would turn out 84 million of alternative fuel yearly in the Agasha/Guma area of the state.

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Baru, who noted that the NNPC team was in Benue to sensitize the government and people of the state on the mission, stated that the biofuel project would lead to employment generation as the project had the capacity to generate about one million direct and indirect jobs.

According to him, other benefits of the bio-fuel project include a sugarcane feedstock plantation of about 20,000 hectares; a cane mill and raw/refined sugar plant capable of producing 126,000 tonnes yearly as well as a fuel-ethanol processing plant.

He, therefore, called on the governor to facilitate the release of the Certificate of Occupancy for the 50,000 hectares of land required for the expanded biofuel project in the state.

Ortom, who expressed delight over NNPC’s oil exploration and biofuel projects in the state, said that the people of Benue were behind the two projects.

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US Import Of Nigerian Crude Hits Four-Year High

For the first time in more than four years, the United States’ monthly import of Nigerian crude oil rose to 12.29 million barrels in August, the latest report from the US Energy Information Administration has revealed.

The US imported a total of 28.53 million barrels of crude oil from Nigeria in the third quarter of this year, up from 18.88 million barrels in the same period last year; 10.13 million barrels in 2015; 5.10 million barrels in 2014; and 21.23 million barrels in 2013.

Nigeria saw a significant reduction in the US imports of its crude in recent years, starting from 2012, following the shale oil production boom.

The US import of Nigerian crude fell to 6.17 million in June 2013 from 10.115 million barrels in May and about 40 million barrels in March 2007.

In 2014, when global oil prices started to fall from a peak of $115 per barrel, Nigeria saw a further drop in the US imports of its crude from 87.4 million barrels in 2013 to a record low of 21.2 million barrels.

For the first time in decades, the US did not purchase any barrel of Nigerian crude in July and August 2014 as well as in June 2015, according to the EIA data.

The US almost tripled the volume of crude oil bought from Nigeria last year, with the biggest monthly import of 8.43 million barrels in July. It imported 76.9 million barrels of Nigerian oil in 2016, up from 19.9 million barrels in 2015.

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Meanwhile, Nigeria’s January oil exports are expected to slip back from a 21-month high hit in December, according to a Reuters’ compilation of loading plans on Thursday.

Crude oil exports of 1.76 million barrels per day are scheduled for January on 62 cargoes. The total compared with exports set at 1.94 million bpd in December, the highest scheduled since March 2016.

Traders said some of the December cargoes could slip into January, but that the exports were likely to be slightly lower on the whole. The programme also included three cargoes of Akpo condensate for a total of 97,000 bpd, the same level as December.

Last month, the EIA, the statistics arm of the US Energy Department, said the US crude oil exports in the first half of 2017 increased by more than 300,000 bpd from the first half of 2016, reaching a record high of 900,000 bpd.

It said following the removal of restrictions on exporting the US crude oil in December 2015, total volumes of crude oil exports and the number of destinations for those exports both increased.

The US exported crude oil to 27 countries in the first half of 2017 compared with 19 countries in the first half of 2016.

Canada remained the largest recipient of the US crude oil exports at 307,000 bpd, but imported an average of 63,000 bpd less compared with the first half of 2016. China increased its crude imports from the US by 178,000 bpd and became the second largest importer of the US crude oil, averaging 186,000 bpd in the first half of the year.

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Bitcoin Sustains Upsurge; Rises Above $15,000

Following Wednesday record gain, cryptocurrency Bitcoin set a new record on Thursday after blasting through $14,000 a coin to $15,007.70. Bringing its total gain in December to more than 40 percent and a month gain to more than 130 percent from $5,775.54 recorded in November.

The blockchain encrypt cryptocurrency got a boost from Australia’s mean exchange operator for equities and derivatives, ASX Ltd, when the exchange announced on Thursday that it will start using blockchain to process equity transactions. The startup run by former JPMorgan Chase & Co. banker Blythe Masters, Digital Asset Holdings LLC, will supply the technology.

The digital currency upsurge was also aided by the successful test of the lightning Network, which promises to provide a new way to pay with Bitcoin. Investors and experts believe the new technology will ease the ongoing congestion plaguing the coin transaction by allowing buyers and sellers to transact privately and later broadcast their activity to the public network.

“We had done some tests before on the main net, but this was the first payment on the Bitcoin blockchain across implementations,” Stark said in an email. “The stakes are quite a bit higher when it comes to releasing for the main Bitcoin network.”

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market capital, has gained more than 1,300 percent from about $1,000 a coin in January 2017 to $15,007.70 in December even as some experts believed the high flying unregulated digital currency is a bubble waiting to burst. The dominant cryptocurrency has continued to set a new all-time record.

Top global exchanges like Cboe Global Markets Inc., CME Group Inc., etc has announced they will start trading Bitcoin futures this December. While Nasdaq Inc. is planning to start in 2018. According to experts, this will further bring the Bitcoin to mainstream investors and force regulators to act.

Bitcoin market capital rose to $251 billion, up from $205 billion recorded on Wednesday.

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577 Firms Bid For NNPC Insurance Renewal Contract

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Sunday said it had opened 577 bids submitted by firms seeking to secure the insurance renewal contract for the corporation’s oil and non-oil assets.

According to the NNPC’s Group General Manager, Risk Management and Insurance, Mr. Modupe Bameke, the public opening of bids is a requirement of the Bureau of Public Procurement aimed at promoting transparency.

He was quoted in a statement issued by the spokesman for the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, as saying, “The essence of this public bid opening is to ensure that the corporation complies strictly with the provisions of the Bureau of Public Procurement Act. All the bids will be opened in the presence of everybody to ensure that all entries are properly captured in line with the transparency principle of the NNPC.”

The NNPC’s Group General Manager, Supply Chain Management, Mr. Shehu Liman, said the bids opening was aimed at providing a level playing field for all bidding companies.

“The idea is to select broking and insurance companies that are credible and capable with a track record of performance. What this means is that we are going to eliminate all those transactions that are not necessary,” Liman stated.

On the number of bidders, the NNPC said 245 brokers tendered for oil assets, 251 brokers for non-oil assets while 37 insurance companies tendered for oil assets and 44 for non-oil assets.

Representatives of the companies, which tendered bids for the NNPC insurance renewal contract in whose presence the bids were opened, commended the national oil firm, according to the statement.

It stated that the bid opening event had in attendance officials of the BPP, Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, and National Insurance Commission, as well as members of the civil society who served as independent assessors.

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CBN To Sell Dollars To Fuel Importers

As the scarcity of the United States dollar continues to hamper the importation of petroleum products by marketers, the Central Bank of Nigeria has asked banks to submit bids for a “special currency auction.”

The auction is targeting fuel importers to meet demand for matured letters of credit, Reuters quoted traders as saying.

Traders said the CBN sent a message to the banks on Monday to submit backlog dollar demands from fuel importers by 3.00pm for a special intervention.

Fuel shortages often occur in the country during festive periods such as Christmas and Muslim holidays.

Traders said the government wanted to ensure that fuel retailers had enough products, so it was channeling dollars to them and also to avoid shortages, which in May crippled banking, airline and telecom services.

The country consumes 45 million litres of petrol a day, or roughly 280,000 barrels, which will require the market to provide some $18m a day.

Importers cover about 30 percent of this, with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation covering the rest, which is a big strain on the market for dollars.

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A top official of one of the marketers’ associations told our correspondent that many of the traders had continued to depend on the supply from the NNPC as they could not access dollars to import.

“I know a few of the marketers are still importing directly, but not as much as we would have loved to see. A good number of them are still depending on the NNPC cargoes. We are definitely not importing as much as we should,” he said.

It was not clear at what rate the central bank would sell the dollars. In May, the government agreed to a deal with international oil companies in the country to sell their dollars directly to fuel importers to end months of scarcity partly caused by a currency shortage after it hiked fuel prices by 67 percent, using an exchange rate of N285 per dollar.

The naira, which has been stuck at around 305 per dollar on the official market for more than two months since the CBN in June abandoned its dollar peg of 197 against the currency, eased to 314.90 at 11:15 am on Monday. It was quoted at 484 on the black market.

Nigeria is in its deepest recession in 25 years, worsened by falling crude output as militants attacked oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta, and global prices remain low, choking off dollars needed to fund imports.

The dollar shortage has caused many companies to halt operations and lay off workers, compounding an economic crisis.

The country has four refineries but decades of neglect mean it needs to import petroleum products.