BRACEVILLE, Ill. - Exelon Nuclear's Braidwood Generating Station has awarded $1,000 scholarships to three area high school students. The scholarships are part of the company's commitment to reward talented students who plan to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Named as scholarship recipients are:
• Steven Brice of Braidwood, a senior at Reed-Custer High School. Steven will attend Northern Illinois University in the fall and study Computer Science and Engineering. While at Reed-Custer, Steven was a member of the Math Team, WYSE Team and Science Club, and participated in a volunteer trip to San Miguel, Mexico, with the World Languages Club.
• Kyle VanDuyne from Wilmington High School. Kyle plans to attend Linn State Technical College in the fall and major in Nuclear Technology - Reactor Operations. He has been on the Honor Roll all four years in high school, a National Honor Society member, and a participant in sports activities such as football, basketball and baseball.
• Colton Latimer of Gardner-South Wilmington High School. Colton plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and study Civil Engineering. He received High Honors from ninth through 12th grade and perfect attendance in 2011.
"We congratulate Steven, Kyle and Colton for their academic achievements and commitment to their educational careers," said Braidwood Generating Station Site Vice President Dan Enright. "Our goal is to help deserving young people further their studies in such fields as mathematics, science and engineering, which play key roles in helping America compete in the 21st century. We wish these three students all the best in their scholastic and professional careers."
Braidwood Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts at full power - enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes.