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East Tennessee Students win Alcoa Foundation Scholarships

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East Tennessee Students win Alcoa Foundation Scholarships

KNOXVILLE, TENN.—Alcoa Tennessee Operations and the Alcoa Inc. Knoxville Office announced today that three high school seniors have been named Alcoa Foundation scholarship winners.

Carlos Garcia, son of Adrian and Raquel Garcia of Knoxville

Carlos Garcia, son of Adrian and Raquel Garcia of Knoxville, has been awarded a $6,000 scholarship from Alcoa Foundation. Garcia is a recent graduate of Farragut High School where he was a member of the National Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta.  He was co-captain of the soccer team and was ranked fifth in his graduating class.  He plans to major in civil engineering at Texas A&M University beginning this fall.

Patrick Givens, son of Scott and Dodie Givens of Knoxville, has also been awarded a $6,000 scholarship from Alcoa Foundation. Givens graduated from Bearden High School where he was an AP Scholar.

Patrick Givens, son of Scott and Dodie Givens of Knoxville

A member of the National Honor Society and the Bearden High School Student Government, Givens was also a three year letterman on the Bearden golf team.  He will be attending Vanderbilt University, majoring in engineering.

In addition, Kimberley Owen, daughter of John and Linda Owen of Knoxville, has been awarded a $6,000 scholarship from Alcoa Foundation.  Owen graduated from Bearden High School where she was a National Merit Commended Scholar.  She was president of Mu Alpha Theta, as well as a member of Student Government Association, Key Club, French and National honor societies.  A first degree black belt, Owen will be attending Clemson University in the fall.  She plans to study chemical engineering.

Kimberley Owen, daughter of John and Linda Owen of Knoxville

These Alcoa Foundation scholarships are payable in four annual installments of $1,500 each.  These three students were awarded the scholarship based on academic achievement and potential, leadership ability, volunteerism/community service, and character, and were selected by a national panel of university professionals.

The award is part of Alcoa Foundation’s Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by high school seniors.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Alcoa Foundation will assist more than 180 students in the U.S. with their undergraduate college education.  These students represent 46 Alcoa locations in 18 states.

Since 1953, the Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program has recognized outstanding academic achievement by awarding more than $19 million in scholarships to more than 3,500 students.

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $436 million.  Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly $20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through education and learning.  The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours.  Through the company’s signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please access http://www.alcoa.com/foundation

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Contact:  Christy Newman
Alcoa Community Relations
865-977-3358 or 865-250-9155

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