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Posted: September 20, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Covington resident awarded General Mills scholarship

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Sturdy scholar: Andrew Smith was awarded one of 82 General Mills Scholarships for his good grades and involvement in his school.

Andrew Smith, the son of Mike and Dana Smith, is the recipient of a $2,400 General Mills Foundation Post-High School Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Smith is a first-year student at The Citadel, where he is majoring in business. He graduated from Newton High School, where he was involved in ROTC, Youth Leadership Newton County, Key Club, Change Agents, Beta Club, wrestling, soccer and cross-country. He received the Rotary Youth Leadership award and the Georgia Certificate of Merit award. He was also involved in his community, volunteering at Keep Covington Newton County Clean and Beautiful, Covington Police Fuzz Run, Mary Beth’s Workday, Toys for Tots and Relay for Life.

The General Mills Foundation awarded 82 scholarships through its Post-High School Scholarship Program for the children of employees across the U.S. The scholarships are based on criteria including academic record, demonstrated leadership participation in school and community activities, work experience, and a statement of goals and aspirations.

"These students are not only academic standouts, but they are also leaders in their schools and communities," says Ellen Goldberg Luger, executive director of the General Mills Foundation and a General Mills vice president. "We are proud to continue a General Mills Foundation tradition of supporting the education of young people in the communities where we live and work."

Scholarship America has the sole responsibility for selecting these recipients. Students receive awards of $500 - $3,000 per year for four years, based on financial need. Since the Foundation began scholarship programs for the children of General Mills employees in 1967, more than $7.6 million has been awarded to scholarship recipients.

The mission of the General Mills Foundation, celebrating 55 years of giving, is to nourish communities. In fiscal 2009, General Mills awarded more than $90 million to communities across the country, representing more than 5 percent of company pretax profits that year. Of the total, the Foundation contributed $21 million in grants in the targeted areas of hunger and nutrition wellness, and education. In addition, 82 percent of employees volunteer in the community.

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