Hattiesburg student wins Georgia-Pacific scholarship

Hattiesburg student wins Georgia-Pacific scholarship

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from GP foundation 

Rebecca Reeves, a recent high school graduate, has been selected as a recipient of a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees' Children Scholarship. Each year, the company awards 50 scholarships to children of employees across the country.

Rebecca is the daughter of Keith and Robin Reeves. Keith is an accountant at Georgia-Pacific's Monticello Container board Mill. Rebecca was home schooled and became an accomplished triathlete. She also played violin in the Southern Miss Youth Orchestra and works as lifeguard. This fall, Rebecca will attend the University of Southern Mississippi, where she will study nursing.

"Part of Georgia-Pacific's role as a good corporate citizen is its investment in education," said Brent Collins, vice-president of manufacturing at the Georgia-Pacific mill. "We support many great educational causes every year, but this scholarship program is especially important because it helps our families directly."

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation Scholarship Program for Employees' Children awards $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time college undergraduate study or until baccalaureate degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first, for a total maximum award of $8,000.

Since the scholarship program began in 1988, Georgia-Pacific has awarded 1,400 scholarships totaling $11.4 million. The program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is open to children of all active, full-time employees of Georgia-Pacific in the United States.

"We're very proud to support our employees' children through this program," said Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. "Investing in education has always been an important focus for us, but this program is especially meaningful because our employees are directly impacted. We look forward to helping these students on their path to academic success."

Across the country, Georgia-Pacific supports a wide array of community-based educational programs that help transition students from school to the workforce with scholarships, job readiness training, and technical programs. Georgia-Pacific believes in helping people with the skills needed to succeed and move forward in today's workplace.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, non woven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 130,000 jobs indirectly. Founded in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation has four key investment areas: education, community enrichment, environment and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, visit www.gp.com/gpfoundation.