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NFE Foundation awards scholarships to 20 Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico students

Our San Juan facility recently hosted nearly two dozen remarkable students from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico for an award ceremony celebrating their New Fortress Energy (NFE) Foundation emPOWER Puerto Rico scholarships. These 20 engineering students each received $5,000 for tuition and academic expenses, and they will have the opportunity to connect with NFE employees and apply for NFE internship positions next summer.

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“We are very grateful to New Fortress Energy for supporting our university's engineering students with the help they need to complete their high school studies for three years in a row,” said Ernesto Vázquez Barquet, president of the Polytechnic University. “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.”

We established our NFE emPOWER Puerto Rico scholarship in 2019 to help aspiring electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers excel and become leaders in the fields of technology and energy innovation. Criteria include academic standing, financial need, community service, and proven leadership. In the first year, we awarded 4 scholarships valued at $5,000 each in addition to a $500 stipend that could be used towards purchasing an online leaning device for remote learning during the pandemic. Last year, 10 students each were granted $5,000. This year, our goal was 15 students, but after completing our candidate interviews, we were proud to extend scholarships to all 20 applicants.

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The recipients of the 2021 NFE emPOWER Puerto Rico Scholarship are Francisco Castañón Colón, Omar Cepeda Torres, Kevin Eddiel Vázquez, Anthony Encarnación Torres, Fabián García Romero, Angel Guanill Medina, Steven Guzmán Pizarro, Fernando La Menza Escalante, Leiann Marcano Martínez, Krystal Méndez Bonilla, Mario Montoya Torres, Orlando Negrón Castro, Carlos Nieves Matos, Jan Pastrana García, Luis Pérez Cabrera, Kenny Rivera Rivera, Sergio Ruiz Migenes, Kristal Sánchez Pérez, Elisamuel Sosa Cintrón, and Sergio Urbina Moreno.

So far, we’ve provided $172,000 in scholarships and financial aid to talented students at Polytechnic University. Indeed, throughout the Caribbean over the past two years, we’ve awarded 170 college scholarships, provided financial aid to more than 3,800 children, and supplied backpacks and school supplies to more than 6,350 students in Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

We’re so grateful to be able to provide access to cleaner, more affordable energy, and also to be able to provide access to the resources that future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs need to create their own positive energy.