Morgan Ray, a recent graduate of Edmonson County High School, 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.
Morgan is the daughter of Jason and Becky Ray of Brownsville. Jason is a process technician for Georgia-Pacific in Bowling Green. At Edmonson County High School, Morgan excelled academically while also volunteering for multiple charities. This fall, Morgan will attend Campbellsville University, where she will study secondary education and teaching.
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.
“Part of Georgia-Pacific’s role as a good corporate citizen is its investment in education,” said Mike Peterson, plant director at Georgia-Pacific’s Dixie Bowling Green facility where Jason Ray works. “We support many great educational causes every year, but this scholarship program is especially important because it helps our families directly.”
Since the scholarship program began in 1988, Georgia-Pacific has awarded 1,500 scholarships totaling $12.2 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. More than 300 applications were received for the 2017 scholarship program.
“Education has long been a cornerstone of our giving philosophy and awarding these scholarships to Georgia-Pacific families is particularly gratifying,” said Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “We wish these students and future leaders continued 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, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 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.