2018-05-30 / Society

Two Southwest Georgia students win Georgia-Pacific scholarships

$12.6 million awarded through scholarship program


Miller Pickle holds scholarship award presented by Georgia-Pacific’s Darren Sims (third from left), as his parents and grandparents proudly look on. Both Miller’s grandfathers, Herman Pickle and Tim Raffield, are retirees of the GP Cedar Springs operation. Miller Pickle holds scholarship award presented by Georgia-Pacific’s Darren Sims (third from left), as his parents and grandparents proudly look on. Both Miller’s grandfathers, Herman Pickle and Tim Raffield, are retirees of the GP Cedar Springs operation. Southwest Georgia graduating seniors Miller Pickle and Madisen Rathel have been selected as recipients of Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarships. Each year the company awards 50 scholarships to the children of employees across the country.

Miller graduated as salutatorian of Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus. He is the son of Trent and Stacie Pickle of Colquitt. Trent Pickle is employed at GP’s Cedar Springs containerboard mill as a power house operator.

Madisen graduated as salutatorian at Seminole County High School in Donalsonville. She is the daughter of Bill and Melissa Rathel of Jakin. Bill Rathel is employed at GP Cedar Springs containerboard mill as a woodyard crane operator.


Madisen Rathel received a scholarship plaque from Georgia-Pacific’s Johnny McMullen (right) as her parents proudly look on. Madisen Rathel received a scholarship plaque from Georgia-Pacific’s Johnny McMullen (right) as her parents proudly look on. “We are very proud to have two local scholarship winners,” stated Darren Sims, interim general manager and operations leader for Georgia-Pacific at Cedar Springs. “By helping outstanding students like Miller and Madisen cover their education costs, we are rewarding their hard work and academic success. We are also helping prepare tomorrow’s community leaders.”

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 1,550 scholarships totaling $12.6 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. More than 300 applications were received for the 2018 scholarship program.

“Awarding scholarships to the children of Georgia-Pacific employees is particularly rewarding – we congratulate the students on their hard work and superior academic achievements,” said Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “We look forward to their continued leadership and wish them success in the next phase of their academic career.”

Education is a cornerstone of Georgia- Pacific’s community investment. Across the country, the company supports a wide array of community-based educational programs including ones that boost literacy, get public school kids interested in STEM and train teachers so they can take their skills to the next level.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels, napkins, tableware, paperbased packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly and creates 92,000 jobs indirectly. Founded in 1958, the Georgia- Pacific Foundation has four key investment areas: education, community enrichment, environment, and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, visit www.gp.com/gpfoundation.

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