FHS graduate Hannah Barrick has won a col- lege scholarship from Georgia-Pacific. She is shown with her father, Brian , who works at GP's Fletcher Gypsum facility.
FHS graduate Hannah Barrick has won a col- lege scholarship from Georgia-Pacific. She is shown with her father, Brian , who works at GP's Fletcher Gypsum facility.

FLETCHER - Hannah Barrick, a recent graduate of Fletcher High School, has been selected as a recipient of a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Brian Barrick, who works at Georgia- Pacific’s Fletcher Gypsum facility. At Fletcher High School, Hannah was Valedictorian of her class, captain of the academic team, a class representative to Student Council, and a member of the Technology Student Association. This fall, she will attend Oklahoma State University with plans to study Engineering in hopes of becoming a mechanical engineer.

Georgia-Pacific awards 50 scholarships each year to the children of employees across the country. The scholarship 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 up to $8,000.

"Now more than ever, the children of our employees are looking to their parents for guidance and stability during a difficult time," said Brian Resser, plant manager at Fletcher Gypsum. "We hope the scholarships these students have earned help to ease the transition to the next phase of their lives."

“It is vital that we continue to support their academic success and remind them that their futures remain bright,” said Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation.

Since the scholarship program began in 1988, Georgia-Pacific has awarded nearly 1,600 scholarships totaling nearly $13 million. The program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is open to children of all active, full-time, U.S.-based employees of Georgia-Pacific. About 300 applications were received this year.

Education is a cornerstone of Georgia-Pacific’s community investment. Across the country, the company supports a wide array of public school and community based educational programs.

Investment support includes programs that boost literacy, promote STEM and STEAM interest and train educators to take their skills to the next level of teaching and learning.

The company operates more than 180 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: gp.com.