American Water Announces Recipients of James LaFrankie Scholarship Awards
American Water Board of Directors Honors Nine Students Nationwide for
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and
wastewater utility company, today announced recipients of the 21st
annual James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards. The awards were
distributed nationwide to nine college-bound children of full-time
American Water employees, who demonstrate an interest in water-related
industry occupational fields.
Out of 57 applicants, American Water selected nine high school seniors
based on their outstanding high school records, academic honors,
participation in extracurricular activities and teacher recommendations.
The scholarships are awarded for a term of one year in individual awards
of $1,000. Scholarship renewal is contingent upon the student's academic
progress and may be renewed up to three years.
The scholarship award recipients are as follows:
Laken Adkins of Salt Rock, W.Va., daughter of David Burns,
Field Service Representative in Salt Rock, W.Va.
Sara Bommarito of Saint Louis, Mo., daughter of Gaetano (Tom)
Bommarito, Operations Supervisor in Saint Louis, Mo.
Leah Brooks of Peoria, Ill, daughter of D. Todd Brooks, Service
Man in Peoria, Ill.
Carolyn Chelius of Haddon Township, N.J., daughter of James
Chelius, Engineering Director in Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Daniel Crow of Salt Rock, W.Va., son of Charles Crow, Network
Supervisor in Voorhees, N.J.
Matthew McMahon of Robbinville, N.J., son of Kevin McMahon,
Risk Management Director in Voorhees, N.J.
Lauren Mesaros of Crawfordsville, Ind., daughter of Rich
Mesaros, Plant Operator in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Michael Necky of Voorhees, N.J., son of Carrie Necky, Executive
Assistant in Voorhees, N.J.
Paige Yungermann of St. Charles, Mo., daughter of Dave
Yungermann, Operations Manager in St. Louis, Mo.
American Water President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Sterba, who
sends a personal letter to each recipient, said, "American Water
congratulates these students for their academic excellence and overall
achievement. The students selected for this award each have an interest
in water-related industry occupational fields, and American Water is
proud to help them advance their education by supporting their academic
and future career endeavors."
The American Water Board of Directors established the scholarship
program in 1991 in honor of former American Water president, James
LaFrankie. LaFrankie demonstrated the value he placed on college
education by earning a degree at Georgetown University night school
while working days at the Alexandria Virginia Water Company, now known
as Virginia American Water. After that, LaFrankie excelled, climbing the
ladder to increasingly responsible positions over his 44-year career
with American Water, retiring as the company's president in 1991.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S.
water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees,
N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals
who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an
estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.
More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
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Source: American Water
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