SCA has awarded 41 children of its employees in the U.S. and Canada a total of $61,000 in scholarships for their higher education in 2012-2013. Since creating its annual scholarship program five years ago, the company has given more than $300,000 to high school seniors and college students.

“Our employees have made our business what it is today,” said John O’Rourke, vice president human resources, SCA Americas. “SCA is delighted to help their children strive for success by providing education scholarships to these well-deserving students. These talented young adults have demonstrated a deep commitment to their schools and communities that we are proud to support.”

The students received scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 for their full-time schooling at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university in 2012-2013. SCA invited all high school seniors and college students, age 24 and under, whose parents have been employed by SCA for more than one year to apply.

An independent organization, Scholarship America, reviewed all the applications and selected the 41 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.