Olivia Graff has a full ride to the University of Georgia beginning this fall thanks to the Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship program.
Graff, the daughter of Bryan and Kimela Graff, is one of fifty incoming college freshmen who were stand-outs among their high school peers and ultimately recognized for it by Georgia-Pacific. She graduated from Blessed Trinity Catholic High School this spring. Because her dad is an account executive in Georgia-Pacific’s structural panels business in Atlanta, Graff was eligible for the scholarship. Her academic achievements and charitable work with Pure Fashion and Habitat for Humanity were enough to convince the foundation that she should be a recipient. Graff will attend the University of Georgia in the fall studying early childhood education.
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 for their educational expenses 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.