emPOWERing future engineers through second-annual scholarship program
The bright, next generation of innovators
As we work to provide access to cleaner, more affordable energy, we are proud and honored to also provide access to the resources for future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to create their own positive energy.
Our emPOWER Puerto Rico scholarship program is one way we are investing in the next generation. These talented young scholars are not only provided with funding for tuition and academic expenses, but also opportunities to gain real-world experiences, connections, and mentoring through interactions and, in some cases, summer internships with us.
We recently awarded the second consecutive year of our emPOWER Puerto Rico scholarships to 10 electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering undergraduate students from the Polytechnic University in Puerto Rico (PUPR). The students were chosen based on having an academic index of 3.0 or higher, demonstrating financial need, participating in community activities, and exhibiting leadership. Each of the following students received a $5,000 academic scholarship to support their educational journey: Ana R. Rodríguez López, Gabriel J. Cheverez Rodríguez, Angélica C. Soto Pomales, Gustavo J. Albelo Rivera, Alberto E. Rivera Arroyo, Julimar Colón Montañez, Jailene J. Alvarado Acevedo, Josué E. Ortíz Acevedo, Elvin A. Flores Arroyo, and Jan M. Ocasio Sánchez.
Last year, four PUPR students received the emPOWER scholarship, plus a $500 stipend to help them acquire technical equipment or internet services to facilitate their remote learning during the pandemic. New Fortress Energy has provided $72,000 in scholarships and financial aid to PUPR students – so far.
“We are very grateful to New Fortress Energy for supporting our university's engineering students,” said Ernesto Vázquez Barquet, PUPR president. “This is a great example of what private companies can contribute to the benefit of the professionals of the future that we need so much for the development of our Island.”
At NFE, we believe that education is a universal right, and it’s our honor to help ensure that students have the tools they need to acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to succeed. We are proud of all our emPOWER Scholarship recipients, who were able to excel and achieve academic excellence throughout a challenging year. As we invest in Puerto Rico's economic future, we are also proud to continue to partner with PUPR to prepare the next generation of engineers and innovators to take on any challenge and continue to find ways to use their positive energy to create a brighter world.