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Two Farmingdale Seniors Named Semifinalists in Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Two Farmingdale High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2019 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Brandon Carbone and Anthony Malizia are among 1,896 seniors—selected from a pool of 95,715 applications from across the country—who will move to the next round of the selection process, with the hope of becoming one of 150 students ultimately chosen to receive a $20,000 college scholarship.  

Brandon and Anthony were chosen based on their academic excellence and the leadership and service they have demonstrated in their school and community activities. Brandon raised four puppies for the Guide Dog Foundation and is currently a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital. Anthony is a student-musician, who volunteers his time to play Taps at memorial commemorations, such as 9/11 and Veterans Day. 

Next, all semifinalists must complete a second phase of applications, which include essays, recommendations, and transcripts. An independent selection committee will review the applications and select 250 regional finalists by the end of January to participate in online or in-person interviews. The winning scholars will be announced in March and invited to Atlanta in April for a celebratory banquet and attend Coca-Cola’s Leadership Development Institute.

“To have two students chosen from the same high school is huge!” said Farmingdale High School Principal Dr. Samuel Thompson. “They took the initiative to apply, and we are rooting for them for them to make it to the next round.” 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind—providing more than 6,150 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $69 million in scholarships over the course of 31 years.