We are very excited to be announcing the winners of our 3rd annual Unitil Scholarship Fund program. We have awarded the scholarship money to students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or math that live and attend school in one of our company’s service territories in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward their first year of undergraduate study.
All of the students were required to submit a packet of information including an application, high school transcript, written essay and a teacher recommendation to be considered for one of our scholarships. All of the applications were reviewed in each of our service territories by a group of selected Unitil employees.
The students receiving our scholarships are listed below:
NH Gas Operations – Jessica Leclair of Rochester, New Hampshire, a graduate of Spaulding High School. Jessica plans to study Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience at Emmanuel College.
MA Gas & Electric Operations – Rachel Proctor of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, a graduate of Lunenburg High School. Rachel plans to study Environmental Science at Saint Michael’s College.
NH Electric Operations, Capital – Megan Sackett of Bow, New Hampshire, a graduate of Bow High School. Megan plans to study Electrical Engineering at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
ME Gas Operations – Lex Jimenez of Lewiston, Maine, a graduate of Lewiston High School. Lex plans to study Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
NH Electric Operations, Seacoast – Daniel Okuniewicz, Jr. of Newton, New Hampshire, a graduate of Sanborn Regional High School. Daniel plans to study Electrical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Also as part of the program, one additional student, who is the child of a Unitil employee, has also been awarded a scholarship. Christian Main, son of Dan Main, Assistant Controller, has been selected to receive this year’s employee scholarship. Christian will be graduating from Portsmouth High School and plans to go on to attend Bentley University next Fall to study actuarial science.
We would like to extend a thank you to all of the employees that served on the Unitil Scholarship Committees. Of the many applications we received, each one was from a top-notch student and made the decision process very challenging.
“Unitil is proud to support the next generation of STEM scholars,” said Unitil Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs Carol Valianti. “We believe strongly in the importance of STEM education and it is our hope that the Unitil Scholarship Fund will help these talented students achieve their academic goals.”
The Unitil Scholarship Fund makes such awards annually and we are very proud to support students in their efforts to further their education. We would like to extend a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners and we wish them the best for an enjoyable & productive year at school!
The Unitil Scholarship Fund joins the existing NH Electric Operations Scholarship Program, which supports students from the Exeter Area, Sanborn Regional, TImberlane Regional and Winnacunnet high schools, as well as the Peter J. Stulgis Scholarship Fund for students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH.
We are open to unique opportunities to support new educational initiatives as well, and we welcome solicitations. Be sure to check back (after January 1, 2014) for next year’s application and deadline details.