Voorhees, NJ - April 30, 2007
American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, today announced recipients of the 16th annual James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards. The awards were distributed across the nation to college-bound children of full-time American Water employees who demonstrate an interest in water-related industry occupational fields.
Out of 69 applicants, American Water chose seven 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 for up to three years.
The scholarship program was established in 1991 by the American Water Board of Directors in the name 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 he worked days at the Alexandria, Virginia Water Company, now known as Virginia American Water. Since then, LaFrankie has excelled, climbing the ladder to increasingly more responsible positions over his 44-year career with American Water, retiring from the company in 1991 as president.
Current President and Chief Executive Officer Don Correll will send a personal letter to each recipient, congratulating them on their achievement. "American Water congratulates these students for their educational excellence and achievement. They should be very proud of themselves and I wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavours," Correll said.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
John Zelenky V. - New Bloomfield, PA
Regina Ulis- Pittsburgh, PA
Leslie Seals-Shelbyville, IN
Adam McDonough Jr. - Elizabethtown, PA
Amelia Mattis- San Diego, CA
Christin Hitz- Elizabethtown, PA
Reema Khanchandani- Monmouth Junction, NJ
With headquarters in Voorhees, NJ, American Water employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide high-quality water, wastewater and other related services to about 17 million people in 29 states and Canada.