Three local recent high school graduates whose parents work for Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific have been chosen to receive its Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship.
The company June 18 announced Chamblee Charter High School’s Tiffany Li, Woodward Academy’s Alex Burgess and St. Pius X Catholic High School’s Avery Urban each will receive the $8,000 scholarship, divided into $2,000 per year for up to four years of college.
Tiffany is the daughter of Kitty Or, an analyst for Georgia-Pacific. She was selected as a 2018-19 Georgia Scholar, was named best golfer in the region in 2017, and her piano skills earned her a superior ranking at National Guild. She credits her success to her father, who pushed her to excel throughout her life before he passed away of cancer last year. This fall, Tiffany will attend the University of Georgia to study business.
Alex is the son of John Burgess, an attorney with Georgia-Pacific, and Dr. Elizabeth Huddleston. At Woodward, Alex lettered in varsity wrestling twice, was appointed to the Honor Council - the discipline board and served as ambassador to Woodward's sister school in Zambia. He will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Avery is the daughter of Mark Urban, a human resources manager with Georgia-Pacific, and Jennifer Urban. At St. Pius X, Avery ran cross country and track and was a member of the National Honor Society. This fall, she will attend Georgia College & State University with plans to study nursing.
This year, Georgia-Pacific awarded a total of $384,000 in scholarship funds, which will be distributed to 48 students across the country.
Since the scholarship program began in 1988, Georgia-Pacific has awarded nearly 1,600 scholarships totaling more than $12 million. The program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. and is open to children of all active, full-time employees of Georgia-Pacific in the United States. More than 200 applications were received this year.
“Georgia-Pacific is very proud to offer this scholarship program to our employees’ children,” Curley M. Dossman Jr., the foundation’s president, said in a news release. “The students’ hard work, academic achievements and perseverance are a reflection of their promising futures – we wish them continued success in the next phase of their academic careers.”
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