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Spelman Alumna, Trustee and Servant Leader Honored with New Named Scholarship Share a Spelman College Press Release


Joyce Davis
Director of Marketing & Communications
Spelman College
Twitter: @SpelmanMedia

Helen Smith Price Scholarship Spelman ATLANTA (November 16, 2020) -- A new scholarship named for Spelman College trustee Helen Smith Price, C79, will help students reach their graduation goals.

The Helen Smith Price, C’79, Endowed Finish Line Scholarship will provide financial assistance to help high achieving students successfully complete their experience at Spelman. Supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation through a gift to Spelman, sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing are eligible for the annual need-based scholarship.

“I am honored by The Coca-Cola Foundation’s $60,000 donation to establish the Helen Smith Price Finish Line Scholarship, said Price, who chairs the Spelman Board of Trustees’ Board Affairs Committee. Last week, Price retired from Coca-Cola after 27 years of service. Her most recent roles were vice president, Global Community Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company and president of The Coca-Cola Foundation.

“This is a special gift named in honor of an alumna and servant leader whose dynamic career in corporate philanthropy has an impact globally and in metro Atlanta communities, including those neighborhoods surrounding her alma mater,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman. “Spelman is laser focused on reducing debt for our graduates. Through generous support from The Coca-Cola Foundation celebrating our beloved trustee, students will reach the end of their undergraduate journey with one less barrier between them and their bright futures as change agents, who will undoubtedly follow in Helen’s footsteps.”

During her tenure at Coca-Cola, Price led the foundation’s global strategy, governance and regulatory compliance for domestic and international philanthropy. Under her direction, the foundation and company contributed $125 million in 2019 to enhance the environment, empower women and enrich the well-being of people and communities. At the Company, Helen provided the strategy and framework to fulfill the company’s annual commitment of giving back at least one percent of its prior year’s operating income to local communities.

“Helen exemplifies The Coca-Cola Company’s purpose: to refresh the world and make a difference. As president of the Coca-Cola Foundation and head of our company’s community work, Helen developed and led our giving strategies in our hometown of Atlanta and around the world. Her passion for serving has made a profound difference. To celebrate her legacy, we’re thrilled to establish the Helen Smith Price Finish Line Scholarship at her alma mater, Spelman College.”

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Price worked with at the BellSouth Corporation, in various financial roles, including manager positions in financial management, comptrollers and tax, and human resources. After earning her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Spelman, she obtained a master's degree in business administration from Atlanta University. 

As an involved community builder, she serves on the board of Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, the Woodruff Arts Center’s Alliance Theatre, Westside Future Fund, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. She is a former board member of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the advisory board of the Morehouse College Leadership Institute.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 14th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit


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