Florida: FPL Announces Opening Of SECME Scholarship To High School Seniors

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(Black PR Wire) JUNO BEACH, Fla. — Florida’s growing economy continues to need more skilled employees to meet workforce demands. To help, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is providing students with an opportunity to apply for a valuable scholarship that can help them complete their education and achieve their career goals. FPL is once again offering the NextEra Energy Scholarship for Students in SECME (Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, and Enrichment) to support STEM education and career advancement to high school seniors.

“We believe SECME and other STEM programs help engage diverse students in exciting new fields and prepare them for well-paying jobs in the future,” said FPL Vice President of External Affairs and Economic Development Pam Rauch. “By investing in their education, we are investing in the future of our communities. We believe in the power of diverse perspectives and are thrilled to support these students in their pursuit of STEM careers.”

Up to ten diverse graduating high school seniors involved in SECME programs will be awarded a scholarship of up to $20,000. The scholarship offers $5,000 per year, renewable for up to three years or until the recipient earns a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. The recipients of this scholarship must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. Qualified applicants must have at least one year of experience in a SECME program in one of the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Escambia, Flagler, Hendry, Manatee, Miami Dade, Palm Beach, Seminole or Volusia.

Kayla Parsons, one of last year’s recipients of the NextEra Energy Scholarship for Students in SECME, said about the scholarship: “I am very excited. I am going to a private university, so the cost is a bit more. This scholarship will definitely help me with finances once I’m in college.”

Interested students can visit FPL.com/education and click on “scholarships and funding” for details and for a link to the application.

While FPL sets the criteria for who is eligible to apply for either scholarship, the program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and
other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligible applications are reviewed and recipients selected by Scholarship America’s evaluation team, not FPL.

Florida Power & Light Company
As America’s largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Company serves more customers and sells more power than any other utility, providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity to approximately 5.8 million accounts, or more than 12 million people. FPL operates one of the most fuel efficient and cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S and in 2022 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Award for the seventh time in the last eight years. The company was also recognized by Escalent in 2022 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities for the ninth consecutive year. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity. NextEra Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2023 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” and recognized on Fortune’s 2021 list of companies that “Change the World.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage.

For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

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