According to a press release, Riley Latham, a senior at Lufkin High School has been selected as a recipient of a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship.  She is the daughter of Michael and Daryl Latham.  Michael is the Director of Inside Sales for Georgia-Pacific.

“It is our privilege and honor to present Riley with one of the GP employee scholarships,” said Pat Aldred, Vice President of Composite Panels.  “Education is one of our four focus areas that we invest in each year.  We see it as the key that unlocks potential.”

Riley will attend Stephen F. Austin State University in the Fall where she will major in Biology.  She hopes to become a physical therapist.

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. This year, Georgia-Pacific awarded $384,000, which will be distributed to 48 students across the country.

Since the scholarship program began in 1988, Georgia-Pacific has awarded nearly 1,600 scholarships totaling more than $12 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 200 applications were received this year.

“Georgia-Pacific is very proud to offer this scholarship program to our employees’ children,” said Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “The students’ hard work, academic achievements and perseverance are a reflection of their promising futures – we wish them continued success in the next phase of their academic careers.”

Education is a cornerstone of Georgia-Pacific’s community investment. Across the country, the company supports a wide array of community-based educational programs including ones that boost literacy, inspire children to pursue STEAM fields and train educators so they can take their skills to the next level.

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Lufkin High School Senior Riley Latham (middle) accepts Georgia Pacific’s $8000 academic scholarship from Georgia-Pacific’s Vice President of Composite Panels Pat Aldred.  Riley is joined by her dad Michael and Georgia-Pacific Director of Human Resources Jim Cumbie.