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Pascagoula, MS, May 30, 2008

DuPont First Chemical Hosts Annual Community Awards Banquet

Over $48,000 in Scholarships, Grants Awarded

DuPont's First Chemical subsidiary awarded over $48,000 in scholarships and grants to local high school students and nonprofit groups at their annual Community Awards Banquet. Awards recipients received checks ranging in value from $500 to $13,000 along with words of congratulations during a luncheon Tuesday at the LaFont Inn.

Ray Marsh, human resources manager of DuPont's First Chemical subsidiary, was pleased to make the awards. "First Chemical has been part of the Pascagoula since the 1960's. We are pleased to give back each year through our scholarships and community contributions," he said. "We focus on education and the young people because we know that they are our future."

Eight local students earned "First Chemical Scholarships." The $1,300 awards will help to defray the cost of college or vocational education. Students are selected for the program based on nominations from area high schools, academic achievement and citizenship. The 2008 Honorees of the "First Chemical Scholarship" are:

Haley Bradley - East Central High School  
Craig Schmucker - Gautier High School  
Kiarra Poindexter - Moss Point High School  
Amy Piaskowski - Ocean Springs High School  
Kacee Ward - Pascagoula High School  
Nicholas Manuel - Resurrection High School  
Christina Penton - St. Martin High School  
Bridgette Dedeaux - Vancleave High School  

In addition to scholarships, 17 local nonprofit groups were awarded grants to fund educational, social and community growth projects. The honorees were:

United Way of Jackson & George Counties $12,979.74
Pascagoula Separate School District (Math & Science) $9,000.00
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Chemistry Camp)  $4,000.00
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Math Tournament) $2,500.00
Pascagoula Separate School District (Most Improved Student) $2,000.00
American Heart Association $1,000.00
American Red Cross $1,000.00
Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County $1,000.00
March of Dimes $1,000.00
The Nature Conservancy of MS $1,000.00
Girl Scouts of Gulf Pines Council, Inc. $750.00
Our Daily Bread Board of Directors $750.00
Boy Scouts of America $500.00
Junior Achievement of Mississippi $500.00
Walter Anderson Museum of Art $500.00
WRANPS $500.00
YMCA $500.00

"Financial contributions are important, but we also like to get involved with the projects themselves," said Marsh.  "Besides money, many of our employees also give of their time, volunteering with a number of these groups."

First Chemical, so named because they were Mississippi's first chemical company, began operations in 1967.  The company was acquired by DuPont in 2002 and remains a wholly owned subsidiary.  The Pascagoula plant employs approximately 180 people and produces aniline, and other specialty chemicals.

DuPont is a science company.  Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.