Tuloso-Midway High School senior Kelley Cerny has been selected as a recipient of Coca-Cola Enterprises' Johnston Legacy Scholarship.
Kelley is one of 90 students to receive the one-time $5,000 scholarship that was created for eligible children of Coca-Cola Enterprises employees.
"My parents and I are very grateful and appreciative to Coca-Cola for their part in my college education," Kelley said.
Additionally, 10 other young people will receive a four-year college scholarship worth up to $20,000.
The 100 students were selected out of 700 applicants from across the United States and Canada to receive a scholarship to the university of their choice.
"We are so proud to be able to offer this wonderful scholarship program to the children of our employees," said Jesse Olivares, Sales Center Manager for the Corpus Christi Coca-Cola Bottling Co. "It is an honor to be able to give back to our employees by helping to further the education of their children."
An independent judging panel made up of business and community leaders chose the winning students on the basis of academic excellence, community service, leadership, and work experience.
Kelley is the daughter of Rick and Lauren Cerny. Rick Cerny is a District Sales Manager for the Corpus Christi Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
"This is such an honor for Kelley to receive," her father said. "We are very proud that she has been recognized for her hard work, dedication and strong commitment to public service. The Coca-Cola family is lucky to have such a wonderful program to reward and benefit the children that have worked hard in school and their community."
Kelley, an Honors student, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tuloso-Midway High School Student Council. She was a player on the girls basketball team for four years, including three years as a varsity letterman, and she has served as a softball, tee ball and basketball coach to third- and fourth-graders through Tuloso Midway Youth Activities.
Kelley will graduate this month with a 4.0 grade point average as a cum laude graduate. She has been named a Texas Scholar and has attained six college credits through the Distinguished Achievement Program.
In addition, Kelley is very active in her youth group at Yorktown Baptist Church. Last summer, she joined fellow church members in Operation Noah where they rebuilt houses in New Orleans that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
This summer, she will travel with her youth group to Olomouc in the Czech Republic to help start up a church group.
Kelley has also volunteered at Driscoll Children's Hospital in the oncology department, an experience which lead her to choose the University of Texas at San Antonio for college where she will major in nursing and minor in psychology.
"I would love to work in pediatric oncology," Kelley said. "This scholarship is helping me achieve that goal by easing the financial burden of college and relieving the stress of having to acquire more student loans for school."