BELLEMONT, Ariz. - A student from Williams was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by SCA - a global hygiene and paper company - as a part of its annual scholarship program for children of employees. Forty-two high school seniors and college students, from the U.S. and Canada, received a combined total of $62,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 toward their full-time college education for the upcoming 2011/2012 school year.
The student receiving a scholarship is Williams resident Nikhail Maestas. Maestas is a 2009 graduate of Williams High School. She is studying sociology at Hanover College, in Hanover, Ind. She plans to graduate in May 2013. She is the daughter of Steve and Joanna Maestas.
"SCA 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. "These students demonstrated how deeply committed they are to their schools and communities, and are truly deserving of this scholarship award."
Since its inception four 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 for more than one year. Recipients must continue their education in a full-time program of study at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university. Throughout the program's four-year history, $241,000 in scholarships has 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.
SCA has approximately 45,000 employees. For more information, please visit http://sca.com/us.