Scholarship gives Cooler ‘bright future’

A Barnwell High School senior is among 63 children of Kimberly-Clark employees to receive the 2013 Bright Futures college scholarship from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation.
In Beech Island, where Kimberly-Clark has a diaper, training pants, wet wipes and tissue products manufacturing facility, a scholarship has been awarded to Raven Cooler, the daughter of Garret and Sherry Cooler.
"Kimberly-Clark is pleased to be able to offer a program like Bright Futures Scholars to the children of our employees," said John Pownall, manager of Kimberly-Clark's Beech Island mill. "There is no more important investment we can make than in our next generation of leaders. We wish them all the best with their college experience and beyond."
Cooler plans to attend the University of South Carolina to major in mathematics. Her proudest moments from BHS include being the valedictorian, a member of the National Honor Society, serving as senior class secretary, being a Relay for Life team member and being the pep squad captain.
Each scholarship is worth up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years) for full-time students studying at accredited colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1993, the program has distributed over $35 million in scholarships to more than 1,800 students.