Lucille O'Neal Teams Up With Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Help Strengthen Families and Offer Three Full-Tuition Scholarships

Atlanta, Nov. 9, 2011  – Being a great mom is a full-time job. It requires long hours, patience and love, just to name a few qualities. Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) wants to highlight some exceptional moms. Do you know a mom who inspires you with her attitude or by getting involved in her local community? Perhaps she has defied the odds. Today, a nationwide search was launched by Lucille O'Neal, BGCA, its longtime partner Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) and University of Phoenix, to find and honor the country's "Most Inspirational Mom."�  

The search celebrates moms everywhere and gives three deserving moms the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate or master's degree from University of Phoenix, accomplishing their own educational goals, while also demonstrating for their children, firsthand, the importance of school. Winners will also receive a Kimberly-Clark back-to-school survival kit. Applicants can go to familyplus.bgca.org now through Jan. 19, 2012, to submit a 500-word essay on what makes them the Most Inspirational Mom. The search is designed to uncover a special mom who is an inspiration to her kids, family and community.

O'Neal, mom of legendary basketball player Shaquille O'Neal and alumni of BGCA and University of Phoenix, is an ambassador for the Family PLUS (Parents Leading, Uniting, Serving) program. "I'm a product of both the Boys & Girls Clubs and University of Phoenix so it's exciting to work with an organization like Kimberly-Clark that is willing to provide moms with a post-secondary opportunity through the Most Inspirational Mom search. Our hope is to help moms improve their lives and their families' lives through this program," said O'Neal.

The Most Inspirational Mom is part of a joint venture to implement family strengthening at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. For the seventh consecutive year, Kimberly-Clark and BGCA are teaming up to implement the Family PLUS program at Clubs around the country. The Family PLUS initiative encourages local Boys & Girls Clubs to integrate family strengthening activities into their programming, in addition to hosting specific Family Nights to help parents learn and have fun together, further building a strong family dynamic. Currently more than 1,600 Boys & Girls Clubs around the country are implementing the Family PLUS program into their curriculum.

"Boys & Girls Clubs are active community participants in strengthening and empowering adults in their roles as parents, guardians and caregivers," said Elaina Ouimet, director, family strengthening, BGCA. "In an ever-changing world, the long-term and steadfast support of Kimberly-Clark to the Family PLUS program, and to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, enables us to provide families with the resources they need to help children live productive lives."

The Most Inspirational Mom search will award three University of Phoenix scholarships (which also includes electronic educational materials).In addition to receiving a scholarship, all three selected moms will receive a Kimberly-Clark survival kit, which includes a one-year supply of its well-known brands such as Viva, Kleenex, Cottonelle and Huggies. After each applicant has submitted their 500-word essay, 15 finalists will be selected and highlighted on familyplus.bgca.org in February. Those finalists will submit a scholarship application with three short essays, and the recipients will be selected from the group of 15. The three Most Inspirational Moms will be announced the week of May 7, 2012.

University of Phoenix provides access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations and provide leadership and service to their communities. With courses available in the evenings and online, University of Phoenix is a perfect fit for working parents, or stay-at-home parents looking to refresh their skills before reentering the workforce.

For details on the Most Inspirational Mom search or to get additional information on Family PLUS, please visit: familyplus.bgca.org.

For more information on University of Phoenix scholarships, visit phoenix.edu/scholarships.