Ahlstrom, in partnership with the Wisconsin Paper Council, is launching a new ‘Women in Forest Products’ scholarship program.
The Women in Forest Products Scholarship has been established with an initial gift of $20,000 from Ahlstrom. “Ahlstrom recognizes the need to have more women in the paper industry and this scholarship is designed to encourage high school young women to enter different fields in the paper and forest products industries, and to encourage women leaders already in the field to grow their leadership skills through education,” said Addie Teeters, Head of Marketing Communications and Public Affairs for Ahlstrom, and current Vice Chair of the Wisconsin Paper Council Board of Directors. “The forest products industry is an innovative and strong industry, and we need to empower our diverse voices and encourage unique talent to join us.”
“The Wisconsin Paper Council has been advocating for Wisconsin’s paper, pulp, and forestry industries for more than 50 years,” commented Scott Suder, Wisconsin Paper Council President. “Wisconsin’s papermaking industry is a key economic driver for our state, and we employ more than 30,000 highly skilled women and men. This scholarship program will help contribute to the sustainability of our industry and will benefit current and future women innovators and papermakers.”
“The goal of this scholarship is to provide financial support to a female graduating senior who is pursuing a career in the forestry products or related field, as well as to develop women in the field as future leaders,” commented Mark Ushpol, Executive Vice President for Ahlstrom’s Food and Consumer Packaging Division. “By empowering and encouraging women to pursue careers in the various fields the paper industry offers, we can tap into a vast pool of talent, drive economic growth, and create a more equitable society where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive.”
Members of the Wisconsin Paper Council and supporters of the Forest Products Industry in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan will continue to have opportunities to support the longevity of the scholarship program. The scholarship fund is housed with the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.