MARSEILLES, Ill. (June 2, 2009) - Six high school graduates will be able to ease the cost of their college tuition thanks in part to Exelon Nuclear's LaSalle Station, which provided a total of $3,000 in scholarships for the 2009 school year.
Each school's faculty chose the following students, all pursuing engineering degrees, to receive the LaSalle Station scholarships:
· Ottawa High School: D.J. Enright (University of Illinois) and Charles Schmitt (University of Illinois)
· Seneca High School: Matt Flores (Blinn College, Texas) and Carver Warning (University of Illinois)
· Streator High School: Katie Schultz (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville) and Jonathan Richards (Bradley University)
"There is a growing need in our industry for individuals who have a technical, science or engineering degree. In these uncertain economic times, we're glad that we can provide assistance to these bright individuals who live in our community," said LaSalle Site Vice President Dave Wozniak.
The scholarship recipients are all graduating seniors with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and plan to further his or her education by pursuing an engineering degree. The faculty also considered each applicant's leadership attributes and participation in extra-curricular activities as part of the selection criteria.
"The local schools really appreciate all of the generous support that LaSalle Station and their employees give our faculty and students," said Mark Thurwanger, superintendent of Seneca Township High School. "These scholarships will help students reach their full potential at the next level of their studies."
LaSalle County Generating Station is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site produces more than 2,200 megawatts net, which is enough electricity for 2.3 million homes. Through May 2009, LaSalle Generating Station donated more than $25,000 to a wide range of local organizations, including charitable contributions to help LaSalle and Grundy Counties improve environmental, educational and recreational initiatives within local communities.