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K-C Awards $1.36 Million in College Scholarships to N.A. School Students

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Kimberly-Clark Foundation, the charitable arm of Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, Texas, USA, this week announced recipients of its 2011 Bright Futures college scholarship program. This year, K-C provided college scholarships totaling $1.36 million to students in 14 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.

Established in 1993, the Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to children of K-C employees in the U.S. and Canada. Each scholarship is worth up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years) for full-time students studying at accredited colleges and universities. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $33 million in scholarships to 1,650-plus students.

"Our Bright Futures Scholarship Program helps further the education of employees' children who demonstrate the potential to become the next generation of leaders in our communities. There is no finer investment in our future," said Thomas J. Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark. "We are delighted to acknowledge the accomplishments of these outstanding young students. We are honored to award them these scholarships, and we wish them well as they pursue their higher education."

The Foundation received 272 applications this year. The 68 recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership ,and involvement in extracurricular activities. Members of this year's scholarship class will attend such top colleges and universities as Princeton, Auburn, Brigham Young, Marquette, Georgia Tech, and the University of North Carolina. Past scholarship recipients have gone on to pursue successful careers in medicine, education, the armed forces, and engineering. The average GPA for this year's scholarship class is 3.94.


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