Employee Memorial Fund Awards College Scholarships To Bridgeport Students
ORANGE, CT – July 25, 2016 – AVANGRID, (NYSE: AGR), the parent company of United Illuminating, today announced that it has awarded $4,000 in college scholarships to two Bridgeport students. The scholarships, from the company’s Kim Norris Memorial Fund, can be renewed yearly while the students are in college.
De’Yani Mechelle Delva, a graduate of Central Magnet High School in Bridgeport, is the recipient of the 2016 Kim Norris Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is for this academic year. Next month, Delva starts her freshman year at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
“Receiving the Norris Memorial Scholarship allows me to focus on my studies while easing the worry of additional financial responsibilities during college,” said Delva. In her scholarship application, she highlighted her commitment to school, academic performance and her involvement with buildOn, a service-learning program that offers volunteer and mentor opportunities for high school students. Her career goal is to become a marketing manager.
Kijhauna Autumn Stevens of Bridgeport, who will enter her sophomore year at Fairfield University this September, received a $2,000 renewal of her scholarship because of her academic achievement as a freshman. Stevens, who is the first in her family to go to college, was named a Norris scholarship recipient in 2015.
The scholarship fund was established in memory of Kimberly J. Norris, a training specialist who worked for The United Illuminating Company for 30 years before passing away in September 2012. Norris believed in life-long learning and recognized the importance of education. She returned to school later in life to get her associate’s degree as she pursued professional growth. She inspired her colleagues with her determination and perseverance.
The memorial scholarship is a tribute to her memory and is a partnership between the company and The Bridgeport Public Education Fund. The fund awards a college student attending a two-year or four-year college with a major in business.
AVANGRID employees contribute to the scholarship fund during the company’s annual Employee Giving Campaign, and AVANGRID contributes matching dollars.
Students participating in the Bridgeport Public Education Fund’s College Assistance Program were eligible to apply.
De’Yani Mechelle Delva (on the left) will attend North Carolina Wesleyan College. Kijhauna Autumn Stevens (on right) is attending Fairfield University.
AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $30 billion in assets and operations in 25 states. The company operates regulated utilities and electricity generation through two primary lines of business. Avangrid Networks includes eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.1 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates 6.3 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, in states across the United States. AVANGRID employs 7,000 people. The company was formed by a merger between Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Corporation in 2015. IBERDROLA S.A. (Madrid: IBE), a worldwide leader in the energy industry, owns 81.5% of AVANGRID. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
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