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Avangrid Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

Avangrid Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

ORANGE, CONNETICUT — September 21, 2017 — As students across the country head back to the classroom, AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a diversified energy and utility company, announces it will financially support more than a dozen students who are pursuing studies in the engineering, environmental, and data science fields. This year, Avangrid Foundation and Fundación Iberdrola España awarded approximately $900,000 in scholarships to cover stipends as well as enrollment at universities in Maine, New York, Oregon and Spain. 

"Understanding and meeting the world’s energy needs, and protecting the environment are challenges that are closely linked,” said James P. Torgerson, president of Avangrid Foundation. “This scholarship program will help to ensure that some of the brightest young minds are focused on finding solutions to these issues.”

“Being able to study without the financial burden of graduate school will allow me to focus solely on strengthening my professional skills,” said Matthew Trudeau, who is pursuing studies at the University of Rochester.

The Avangrid Foundation, Inc. is the principal philanthropic arm of Avangrid, Inc. and its subsidiary companies, focusing on funding activities that promote environmental sustainability and improve the well-being of the communities served by our utility affiliates, which include NYSEG and RG&E (NY); Central Maine Power Company and Maine Natural Gas (Maine);   United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas Company, and Connecticut Natural Gas (CT); and Berkshire Gas Company (MA).  Avangrid, Inc. is also the corporate parent of Avangrid Renewables, with headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Fundación Iberdrola España is the charitable foundation of Iberdrola, S.A., AVANGRID’s corporate affiliate.

This year’s recipients include:


Binghamton University, New York

  • Michael Goebel of Victor, New York
  • Ryan Empson of Cortland Manor, New York

Cornell University,  New York

  • David Hachuel Gurska of Madrid, Spain (funded by Fundación Iberdrola España)
  • Jaime Luengo Rozas of Madrid, Spain (funded by Fundación Iberdrola España)

Oregon State University, Oregon

  • Colin Comrad of West Linn, Oregon
  • Tucker Jones of Poland, Maine

Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

  • Jessica Peterson of Woodstock, Connecticut
  • Simon Sandler of Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Sara Hernandez Juarez of Madrid, Spain (funded by Fundación Iberdrola España)
  • Cristina Tapia Lopez of Madrid, Spain (funded by Fundación Iberdrola España)
  • Cristina Ferreiro Castro of  Santiago De Compostela, Spain (funded by Fundación Iberdrola España)

University of Maine

  • Michael Choiniere of Garland, Maine
  • William West of Milbridge, Maine

Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid,Spain 

  • Michael Hochberg of West Orange and Morristown, New Jersey

University of Rochester, New York

  • Matthew Trudeau of Rochester, New York

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About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $31 billion in assets and operations in 27 states. The company owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks is comprised of eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates more than 6 gigawatts of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, primarily through wind and solar, in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,800 people. For more information, visit

About Avangrid Foundation: Avangrid Foundation coordinates and funds energy sustainability, environmental, social responsibility and educational programs in areas where AVANGRID and its subsidiaries operate.  For more information, please visit our website:

About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit


About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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