Announcing the Winners of the Bounce Energy “BE More” Scholarships

By Paul Colgin, June 3, 2013, Charity & Community, Events & Fun, News

When we sat down to decide on our company’s core values, one of the ideas everyone agreed on was the notion of giving back to the communities that support us. These ideas spawned our social media charity program, employee volunteering, and participation in numerous local charity events. We’re always looking to exercise and extend our core values in any way we feasibly can.

This is why, late in 2012, we decided to create the new Bounce Energy Scholarship program, where we would help one student in each state we service attend college by providing a $2,500 scholarship.

Honestly, we had to no idea what to expect. We’d never run a program like this, and there were just a lot questions to be answered. What’s the proper way to do it? How do you select the recipients? What are the criteria? On and on. So, we formed an internal committee of dedicated employees who helped develop and execute the plan to make this scholarship program a successful endeavor.

Since we feel like Bounce Energy is more than just an electricity company, we wanted our scholarship recipients to “be more” than just students. We were on the hunt for students going above and beyond for their school, their community, their city, their friends, their families.

And we found them.

What ensued was something entirely unprecedented on many levels. Even though we only accepted applications from students living in or attending colleges in Texas, New York and Pennsylvania, we received thousands of applications. This made the selection process extremely difficult for the committee, because these applications contained inspiring stories from some of the most impressive young men and women around the country.

  • For instance, Jack Wagner was diagnosed with stage three Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 14. He endured 300 hours of chemotherapy and nine spinals to become a three-sport letter-winner and National Honor Society member at Mifflin County High School in Lewistown, PA.
  • Or Kaitlyn Martin from Baytown, TX. She felt there wasn’t enough being done after 4 teens were killed in a drunk-driving accident near her home. She raised money and solicited the help of students, fire, medical, and police personnel to “stage” a vehicle accident in front of her school. She videoed the event and a general assembly of students watched the next day at a memorial service for the students that “died”. We wonder how many lives were altered and even saved by her incredible efforts.
  • Azaria Lanig from DeSoto, TX volunteers at “Heshima Kenya” in Nairobi to help young girls in Africa. Azaria teaches English to teenage girls who are displaced from all over Africa’s war torn countries.
  • Adam Hammer has seen diseases like Crohn’s, colitis, and more affect his family, including the passing of his father in 2009. He’s taken his desire to see these diseases eradicated and merged it with his passion for music to get involved in several humanitarian and tutoring organizations as a ways to raise money and awareness.

BE More Scholarship WinnersThose stories barely scratch the surface of what was sent into us and what we read. We congratulate all the applicants on what they’ve accomplish thus far as a student and in life and wish them all the best in the future. So many of the applicants were deserving, and we wish we could aid them all. But, at the end of the day, we could only choose three. Beyond their academic achievements, such as test scores and GPA, we found three winners that excelled outside the classroom in numerous ways.

The winners of the 2013 Bounce Energy “BE More” scholarships are:

  • Molly Bogolin from Orchard Park, New York. She shaved her head and made bracelets to raise money to fight cancer, rides her bike for patient quality of life, and works in a retirement community. She also uses her passion for baking to teach about fair trade goods and practices. All of that happens before you even get to Molly’s brilliant academic record, one that is driving her towards a career as a pediatric surgeon.
  • Thomas Fogwell from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. When Thomas, brother to 2 autistic siblings, couldn’t afford the expenses required to travel with his high school robotics team, he co-founded a non-profit to raise funds for students in similar situations. He has since raised more than $100,000 to help students learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through his robotics program.
  • Lucinda Yu from Houston, Texas. Lucinda spent several summers working at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she spent her time learning Emergency Medicine and studying Appendicitis, Asthma, and renal failure. She now works full-time as a Research Assistant in the Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies department of the Texas Heart Institute while preparing to earn her Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. Lucinda also cares for her diabetic father, making sure he doesn’t miss his dialysis treatments 3 times a week.

Again, we want to thank all of the amazing students who applied for the inaugural Bounce Energy “BE More” Scholarship. We encourage you to re-apply for the scholarship in 2014, and we wish you great success as you pursue your education and dreams.

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