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Employee Memorial Fund Awards College Scholarships To Bridgeport Students

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,



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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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