“Elena has distinguished herself through superior academic and athletic accomplishments and is more than deserving of this scholarship,” said James McClure, general manager of the Toledo mill. “She has a bright future and Georgia-Pacific is proud to support her academic aspirations. GP believes in helping people with the skills needed to succeed and move forward in today’s workplace, and Elena clearly is one of those people.”
Ellingson-Cosenza was one of four valedictorians in the Class of 2016, was a member of the International Baccalaureate program and was vice president of the National Honor Society her senior year. She also captained the swim team for three years. She will attend Oregon State University in the fall and is interested in a career as an attorney.
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, GP has awarded 1,450 scholarships totaling nearly $12 million. The program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is open to children of all active, full-time employees of GP in the United States. The company received more than 300 applications for this year’s scholarships.
Across the country, GP 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.