DALLAS, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, Kimberly-Clark celebrates the 22 nd year of the Bright Futures program and is awarding college scholarships totaling $1.3 million to 65 children of K-C employees across 14 states and Canada. Bright Futures scholarship grants are worth up to $20,000, or $5,000 per school year, for full-time students attending accredited colleges and universities. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $36 million in scholarships to more than 1800 students.
Recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership, work experience and involvement in extracurricular activities.
"Every year, our selection committee is very impressed with the children of our employees who apply for this scholarship," said Tom Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark. "We are pleased to be able to offer a program like Bright Futures to help them pursue higher education and achieve their dreams. There is no more important investment we can make than in our next generation of leaders."
The average GPA for this year's scholarship class is 3.94, and awardees will attend such top colleges and universities as Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, Marquette and Georgia Institute of Technology. Past scholarship recipients have gone on to pursue successful careers in medicine, education, the armed forces and engineering.For more information on this year's award recipients, visit www.kimberly-clark.com. About the Kimberly-Clark FoundationThe Kimberly-Clark Foundation is the charitable arm of Kimberly-Clark Corporation and is dedicated to supporting and strengthening families around the world. For more information, visit http://www.kimberly-clark.com/ourcompany/community/kc_foundation.aspx. About Kimberly-ClarkKimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB) and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, HUGGIES, Pull-Ups, U by Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the Company's 142-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. [KMB-C]