Kimberly-Clark Awards $1.5 Million in College Scholarships to High School Students in North America



    DALLAS, April 30 /CNW/ -- The Kimberly-Clark Foundation, the charitable
arm of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:   KMB), announced today the recipients
of its 2009 Bright Futures college scholarship program. This year, K-C
provided college scholarships totaling $1.56 million to students located in 17
U.S. states and one Canadian province.
    

    
    Established in 1993, the Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards
college scholarships to children of Kimberly-Clark employees in the United
States and Canada. 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, the program has distributed
approximately $30 million in scholarships to more than 1,500 students.
    

    
    "Kimberly-Clark created the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to help
make a college education more accessible to employees' children who
demonstrate the potential to become the next generation of leaders in our
communities," said Thomas J. Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark. "We
salute the accomplishments of these capable and caring young citizens and are
proud to award them these 2009 scholarships."
    

    
    The Foundation received 311 applications this year. The 78 recipients
were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership, and involvement in
extracurricular activities. Members of this year's scholarship class will
attend such top colleges as the University of Notre Dame, Georgia Institute of
Technology, and Princeton, Stanford, Marquette, Emory and Clemson
Universities. Past scholarship recipients have gone on to pursue successful
careers in medicine, education, the armed forces and engineering. The average
GPA for this year's scholarship class is 3.96.
    

    
    "The scholarship gave me the opportunity to attend a private university
with an exceptional reputation in my field of interest," said Melody
Villarreal, a former Bright Futures Scholarship recipient who is now a senior
ITS analyst at the Kimberly-Clark World Headquarters in Dallas. "I feel that
working for Kimberly-Clark gives me a chance to show my gratitude for the
scholarship. And in a unique twist, I am now supporting the K-C Foundation
that awards these scholarships."
    

    
    For more information on this year's award recipients and to meet a few
previous honorees, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.
    

    About the Kimberly-Clark Foundation
    
    The Kimberly-Clark Foundation is the charitable arm of Kimberly-Clark
Corporation and is dedicated to supporting and strengthening families around
the world. For more information, visit
www.kimberly-clark.com/aboutus/kc_foundation.aspx.
    

    About Kimberly-Clark
    
    Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part
of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people -
nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the
solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With
brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend,
Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries.
To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's
137-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.
    


    




For further information:

For further information: Cami Alexander, +1-214-783-2539,
cami.alexander@kcc.com, or Investors, Mike Masseth, +1-972-271-1478,
mmasseth@kcc.com, both of Kimberly-Clark Corporation Web Site:
http://www.kimberly-clark.com

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