At the start of the year, BGE announced the company would mark its 200th anniversary as the first gas utility in the country with three legacy gifts to the central Maryland community it serves. Today, the company announced plans for its third and final legacy gift – the BGE Scholars Award, to provide annual scholarships to nine students from BGE’s service area. The merit-based scholarships will provide eligible students with awards of up to $5,000 each year. Central Scholarship, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, will administer the scholarship program on BGE’s behalf.
“BGE wants our legacy gifts to our customers to make a powerful and lasting impact. With our third gift, the BGE Scholars Award, we are excited to help promising students from our region achieve their full educational potential,” said Valencia McClure, BGE’s vice president of Governmental and External Affairs. “We also view this scholarship program as another way for BGE to support the development of our local workforce, by providing customers with the means to successfully compete for opportunities.”
“Affordability of postsecondary education and training is a huge problem. BGE’s extraordinary gift could mean the difference between going or not going and, perhaps more importantly, completing or not completing a degree or certificate,” said Central Scholarship President Jan Moylan Wagner. “We are honored to partner with BGE on the occasion of their 200th anniversary to offer great students a future with brighter options.”
The company continues to partner with the nonprofit Art with a Heart to complete legacy gift that was announced at the beginning of the year – the design and installation of 100 mosaics in communities throughout central Maryland. In June, BGE announced the second legacy gift, a collaboration with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to develop a ballpark in West Baltimore to be named the Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park in honor of the Baseball Hall of Famer and Baltimore Orioles legend. The park will be home to James Mosher Baseball, the oldest continuously operating African-American youth baseball league in the country.
To be eligible for a BGE Scholars Award, students must be BGE customers or dependents of BGE customers who have been accepted into an accredited undergraduate or post-secondary program, including vocational programs (BGE employees and relatives are not eligible a BGE Scholars Award).
Applicants may also be currently enrolled in an eligible program. In addition to academic achievement, BGE and Central Scholarship are looking for applicants to demonstrate service and commitment to community, civic or related organizations.
Interested students should apply online by visiting the BGE website, bge.com. Applications will be available beginning on January 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Details about the program will be available on bge.com.
BGE and its employees are committed to enhancing the quality of life for its customers and their families in communities the company serves throughout central Maryland. One of the focus areas for BGE’s corporate citizenship is its commitment to building strong communities in central Maryland. In 2015, the company contributed $4.5 million to more than 300 nonprofit organizations that focus on the environment, arts and culture, neighborhood development, education and emergency services. BGE employees also logged more than 22,000 hours volunteering with nonprofit organizations across the service area. To learn more about BGE’s ongoing charitable activities, visit bge.com
Founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, BGE marks its 200th anniversary this year. BGE is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
About Central Scholarship
Central Scholarship, founded in 1924, awards over $1 million annually in scholarships and interest free loans for career training and undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Central Scholarship also offers College Cash® education sessions to help students and their families become more informed consumers of higher education and reduce their loan burden. For more information, visit www.central-scholarship.org.