Georgia-Pacific recently stood up for fifty incoming college freshmen who were stand-outs among their high school peers. These graduates are getting help with their educational expenses through the Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship program.
One of 2012’s recipients, Matthew O’Shaughnessy, a graduate of Milton (Ga.) High School, and an incoming freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology, said, “the Georgia-Pacific Scholarship is really an amazing opportunity for me to be able to attend the college of my dreams and major in what I’ve always wanted to do [electrical and computer engineering].”
GP annually awards 50, four-year scholarships to qualifying children of its employees across the United States, so that approximately 200 students are receiving support in any given year. Since the program’s start in 1988, GP has awarded more than 1,250 scholarships, totaling approximately $10 million. This year, students from 17 states received scholarship awards.
“By helping these employees’ children cover their ever-increasing education costs, we are rewarding their hard work and academic success, and helping prepare tomorrow’s community leaders,” said Curly M. Dossman, Jr., president of the GP Foundation.
The GP scholarship program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is open to children of all active, full-time employees of GP in the U.S. The award is $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time college undergraduate study, for a total maximum award of $8,000.