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Philadelphia senior receives Weyerhaeuser award

May 5, 2008

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., May 5, 2008 A Neshoba Central High School senior has received one of 30 North American scholarships awarded annually by the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation for children of employees.

Krystal Stewart, salutatorian of her graduating class at Neshoba Central, is the only Mississippi winner of the Weyerhaeuser scholarship which pays more than $3,000 a year for college expenses. She plans to attend Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. to major in biology and pre-medicine.

Miss Stewart is the daughter of Weyerhaeuser employee Sterling Stewart and Sheila Williamson of Philadelphia. Sterling Stewart has worked at Weyerhaeuser’s iLevel Lumber Technology Mill in Philadelphia for more than 20 years.

At Neshoba Central, Miss Stewart was Rotary Student of the Month and listed on the National Honor Roll and Who’s Who Among High School Students.

The national scholarship program is funded by the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation which has a mission to improve the quality of life in communities where Weyerhaeuser has a presence. The scholarship winners, children of Weyerhaeuser employees, were selected from more than 300 applicants by Scholarship America, the administering agency. The selection committee ranks the applicants on high school grades and career potential. Since 1948, the Foundation has directed more than $183 million to the communities where Weyerhaeuser employees work, live and play. Nationwide, the Foundation's annual philanthropic budget totals $10 million.

In Mississippi, Weyerhaeuser employs about 1,500 people and manages more than 778,000 acres of forestland, all certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)™ standard.  Weyerhaeuser operates a cellulose fibers complex and modified fiber operation at Columbus, a Timberlands Southern Research Center at Columbus, box plants at Jackson, Magnolia and Olive Branch, iLevel Lumber Technology mills at McComb, Bruce and Philadelphia, an iLevel Service Center (ISC) at Gulfport, and timberlands management units at Bellefontaine, Columbus, Hillsdale, McComb, Scooba and Columbia.

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2007, sales were $16.3 billion. It has offices or operations in 13 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products and practices is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com.

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