A drive to establish a successful career in business motivates the University of Georgia’s Carmen Liu ’19. Carmen was accepted by several other prestigious universities, but ultimately chose to attend UGA because of the scholarship support the university offered. With the financial stress of affording tuition lessened, she is able to focus on her ultimate goal: a promising job after graduation.
Carmen was awarded a Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship, which supports academically outstanding students who are the first in their families to attend college. These scholarship recipients also receive mentorship that helps them adjust to college life to ensure academic, cultural and financial support throughout their undergraduate experiences.
“Being a Coca-Cola First Generation Scholar motivates me to do better, to do more, to learn more,” said Carmen. “This scholarship will forever be a motivator for me to do my best and to one day support other UGA students going through the same obstacles that I once had to overcome.”
Carmen and her family emigrated from China when she was 6 years old, eventually settling in Duluth, Georgia. As soon as she arrived in the U.S., Carmen “felt lucky to be in America, where the education system is great and [she] could learn so many new things.”
When Carmen’s parents first heard about her Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship, they were ecstatic and proud.
“A lot of first generation parents want to give their children what they never had. I’ve realized the things that my parents have sacrificed in order for me to be in this country.”
Now, Carmen is pursuing a degree from the Terry College of Business, while minoring in Chinese. She is eager to explore Terry’s many majors to determine her preferred career path. She also is pursuing internships that will help her make an informed decision.