Lucas J. Ellingson-Cosenza, a senior at Newport High School, has been selected as a 2019 recipient of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship. He is the son of Dr. Franz Cosenza, who works at the Georgia-Pacific containerboard mill in Toledo.
“Georgia-Pacific is very proud to offer this scholarship program to our employees’ children,” said James McClure, vice president and general manager at the Toledo mill. “Lucas’ hard work, academic achievements and perseverance are a reflection of his promising future — we wish him continued success in the next phase of his academic career.”
Ellingson-Cosenza plans to attend Oregon State University, where he will enroll in the Honors College pursuing a biology degree. He is a valedictorian at Newport High School, earning a full International Baccalaureate diploma. He was a three-year captain with the NHS swim team, where he won six first place medals and led the team to back-to-back state championships.
The Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children 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 $8,000. This year, Georgia-Pacific awarded $384,000, 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 Corporation 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.
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, inspire children to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, and train educators so they can take their skills to the next level.