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Local students to recieve SCA scholarships

BARTON – Two students from Franklin County were awarded $2,000 by SCA Americas, a global hygiene and paper company, as a part of their scholarship program.

A total of 42 high school seniors and college students from the United States and Canada, received a combined total of $62,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 toward their full-time college education.

Students receiving scholarships include Phil Campbell resident Megan Pounders and Spruce Pine resident Matthew Tyra.         

“SCA Americas is thrilled to assist these talented children of our employees to help them reach higher and achieve their educational goals,” said John O’Rourke, vice president of Human Resources for SCA Americas. “These students demonstrated how deeply committed they are to their schools and communities, and are truly deserving of this scholarship award.”

Since its inception three years ago, the program has been open to all high school seniors and college students, age 24 and under, whose parents have been employed by SCA Americas for more than one year. Recipients must continue their education in a full-time program of study at an accredited university. Throughout the program’s three-year history, $179,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students.

Scholarship America, an independent organization, reviewed all applications and selected the 42 winners, based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and an outside appraisal.