Announcing the 3 Winners of the 2014 “BE More” Scholarship from Bounce Energy

By Adam P. Newton, May 1, 2014, Charity & Community

Announcing the 3 Winners of the 2014 “BE More” Scholarship from Bounce Energy

Bounce Energy has long held the belief that being “more than an electricity company” means being involved in the communities we serve. Sure, we strive to provide the best possible electricity service on a daily basis, but we also realize that we can impact the lives of people across our service area in truly long-term ways. This is why we hold a regular social media charity campaign and take part in various charitable fundraisers. And it’s why we proudly announced the second iteration of our “BE More” scholarship earlier in 2014.

Each year, this scholarship seeks out 3 different candidates who can express how they are “more than just a student.” These students understand that there’s more to life than the pursuit of victories in the classroom, so they want to impact the greater world around them in positive and uplifting ways. We received applications across Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York, and this year’s pool of students was the best yet. Our crop of finalists included:

  • A high school senior who mentors other young women, encouraging them to buck conventions by studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • A young man and woman who each participated in robotics work designed to engage young students interested in STEM fields
  • A 12th grade student who works with orphans in Zambia and Columbia
  • A young man who serves as a leader for two different sports teams, in volunteer work with local food banks, and with his area National Guard

However, since we simply couldn’t choose everyone, we eventually decided upon three supremely worthy winners of the 2014 Bounce Energy “BE More” Scholarship:

  • Neha Gupta of Yardley, PA
  • Giselle Castillo of Mission, TX
  • Loren Alexander of Cortland Manor, NY

We feel that these three students truly exemplify what it means to be “more than just a student.”

At an age when most of her peers were focused on play time, Neha Gupta founded a nonprofit when she was 9 years old. Her organization – Empower Orphans – is dedicated to enabling underprivileged children break the cycle of poverty through education and healthcare Now, at the ripe old age of 18, Neha continues to push this organization forward while finding time to prepare for college.

After learning that too many of her classmates were the victim of violence in a dating relationship, Giselle Castillo created the Love Shouldn’t Hurt campaign at her high school. Because of her efforts at raising awareness through peer education and accountability, she will graduate from high school with the knowledge that dating violence has dropped from 18% to 9% in her community.

Loren Alexander is no stranger to adversity. After losing her mother and sister early in life, she has risen above those obstacles to become a dedicated speech-language pathologist and research assistant. She also devotes considerable time as a certified animal-assisted therapist for developmentally disable adults.

We are so proud of these three young women, but we have also been so very inspired by all of the students who applied for this year’s scholarship. Thus, Bounce Energy wishes every applicant the best of luck and success as you pursue your college education!

Congratulations to the three winners of the 2014 Bounce Energy “BE More” Scholarship!

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