Georgia-Pacific recently awarded three scholarships to area graduates.

Avery Neal, a 2015 graduate of Zachary High School, was selected as a recipient of a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship.

He is the son of Andy and Karen Neal. Andy Neal is an operator at Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Operations in Zachary.

A non-endowed scholarship provided by Georgia-Pacific’s Port Hudson Operations was given to ZHS graduate Zachary Cason, who is planning to study engineering at LSU in the fall.

He is the son of Michael and Angela Cason.

Also awarded a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship was John Allen Jr., a senior from Christian Life Academy and son of John and Cynthia Allen.

John Sr. is a chemical engineer at the Port Hudson facility.

The three students were honored at a reception July 15.

Each year, the company awards 50 scholarships to the children of employees across the country, a news release said.

“Supporting education has always been an emphasis for Georgia-Pacific because we believe higher education is vital for building a stronger community,” said Kelvin Hill, vice president of the Port Hudson operations.

The GP Foundation scholarship program 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 maximum award of $8,000, the release said.

Since the scholarship program began in 1988, Georgia-Pacific has awarded 1,400 scholarships totaling $11.4 million. The program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. and is open to children of all active, full-time employees of Georgia-Pacific in the United States.

“We’re very proud to support our employees’ children through the Georgia-Pacific scholarship program,” said Curley M. Dossman Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “Investing in education has always been an important focus for us, but this program is especially meaningful because our employees are directly impacted.”