Sohan Kancherla, a senior at Saint Louis Priory, has been selected as one of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars for 2018. Kancherla is one of just three students from Missouri to be selected as a Coca-Cola Scholar this year. Nationwide, approximately 150,000 students applied for this prestigious honor.
Kancherla will receive a $20,000 scholarship toward his college education. The criteria of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for selecting its scholars include “well-rounded, bright students who not only excel academically, but also are actively involved in their schools. These leaders are passionate and service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community.”
Being named a prestigious Coca-Cola Scholar is not Kancherla’s only recognition.
Due to his efforts with Bridges to America and Interfaith Youth Council, Kancherla was selected as a recipient of the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations, which recognizes high school students who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts.
Kancherla also was selected as a 2018 AXA Achievement Scholar, which recognizes students who demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. He will receive a $2,500 scholarship, and Priory will receive a $1,000 grant from the AXA Foundation.
Additionally, Kancherla was recognized as one of 40 nationwide semi-finalists in the Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement, which recognizes high school juniors who demonstrate a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues including race and racism. Kancherla also received the Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice Award, given by the Archdiocese of St. Louis to high school students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to social justice and serving the broader community.