WARM SPRINGS — Emily Polk, a recent graduate of LaGrange 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.
Emily is the daughter of Rob and Sherry Polk. Her father is the West Georgia Area procurement manager for Georgia-Pacific. At LaGrange High School, Emily Polk was the salutatorian, served as student council president, and lettered multiple times in swimming and cross country. She will enroll in the pre-med program at Mercer University this fall with plans to become a physician.
“Part of Georgia-Pacific’s role as a good corporate citizen is its investment in education,” said Bob Branchetti, plant manager for the Georgia-Pacific Plywood facility in Warm Springs. “We support many great educational causes every year, and 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 1,350 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.”
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.