MADISON – St. Joseph Catholic School senior Rodney Self has recently been named a national Coca-Cola Scholars semifinalist.

Self is one of 1,936 students chosen from more than 90,000 applicants nationwide. He will compete to reach the next round of 250 regional finalists, with 150 of those eventually becoming Coca-Cola Scholars receiving a $20,000 scholarship.

 “We are so proud of Rodney for reaching this point in the competition for such a prestigious scholarship,” Principal Dena Kinsey said.

 “I expect him to continue to be very competitive as he advances in the competition,” Kinsey said. “With Rodney’s hard work and determination, he is just one example of the kind of students and opportunities we present at St. Joe.”

 The Coca-Cola Co. and Coca-Cola bottlers created and funded the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in 1986 to celebrate Coke’s centennial. The foundation supports more than 1,400 college students every year with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two programs.