Jenna Fort, a 2014 graduate of Vicksburg High School, has received the Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship, one of 50 scholarships award annually to children of employees across the country.
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.
Jenna is the daughter of Adam and Diane Fort. Adam is a field sales manager for Georgia-Pacific based in Vicksburg.
At Vicksburg High School, Jenna served as class president and as softball team captain led the girls in runs batted in. She plans to attend Hope College in the fall, majoring in chemistry with plans to become a physician.
“Part of Georgia-Pacific’s role as a good corporate citizen is its investment in education,” said Kyle Giunta, regional business manager for Georgia-Pacific. “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 1,350 scholarships totaling nearly $11 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.
“Georgia-Pacific is proud to support the academic achievements of our employees’ children for more than 25 years through this program,” said Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “We’re investing in the success of our young people and looking forward to the many contributions they will make as professionals and citizens in their communities.”
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 130,000 jobs indirectly. Founded in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation has four key investment areas – education, community enrichment, the environment and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, visit http://www.gp.com/gpfoundation.