Direct Energy is committed to helping our customers and communities live brighter through their energy choices. Not only do we want you to use less of what we sell, we provide you with the tools and resources to do just that. One of our initiatives in 2015 was our first annual Live Brighter Scholarship, which gave us a chance to award students who live brighter within their communities.
Our first year was a success, and we are excited to announce the 3 winners of the 2015 Live Brighter Scholarship:
- First place: Samantha M. of Austin, TX
- Second place: Rebecca C. of High Point, NC
- Third place: Katie C. of Cape Cod, MA
The scholarship called out to all high school and college students who live or attend school in any of the states where we offer energy services. To apply, students had to submit a 60 – 120 second video telling us how they live brighter within the communities.
Here’s a little bit more about our 2015 scholarship winners:
After working as a counselor at Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for kids whose families have been affected by cancer, Samantha was inspired to join Texas 4000. This nonprofit organization hosts the longest annual charity bike ride in the world and raises funds for cancer research. Samantha and a team of 75 students will be participating in the organization’s bike ride this summer by riding their bikes from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. Samantha has been preparing for this ride by raising money, training, and volunteering all while maintaining a high G.P.A. Samantha lives brighter within her community by riding with Texas 4000 to help create a world without the darkness of cancer.
Despite being diagnosed with Scheuermann’s kyphosis, a spinal disorder where the vertebrae grows unevenly causing a hunchback, pain, and sometimes a back brace, Rebecca still enjoys doing the things she loves. After her diagnosis, Rebecca continued to be a member of her marching band, a competition dancer, and even competed on Ms. Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen stage in her back brace. Rebecca continues to not let her spinal disorder control who she is by performing in multiple ensembles, being involved on campus, and volunteering with Big Brothers and Sisters. Rebecca lives brighter within her community by using her disability as a tool to inspire others to never give up on their dreams.
In 2013, Katie founded a youth civics educational organization with zero dollars and a dream. Her organization, Project Next Generation, offers free social science workshops to middle school students to help engage and inspire them to make positive changes worldwide. These workshops include Leadership, Global Citizenship, Volunteerism, High School Preparation, Journalism, Politics and Entrepreneurship. Katie has individually mentored 200 middle school students and volunteered over 1,300 hours all while maintaining a high G.P.A. Katie lives brighter within her community by being an innovative, inspiring and thoughtful leader who is making a difference in the lives of young people through education.
Thank you again to everyone who applied to our 2015 Live Brighter Scholarship. We enjoyed hearing how everyone lives brighter within their communities, and we wish the best of luck to all our applicants in their future endeavors. We hope everyone continues to help make their communities brighter through community service while pursuing their college degree.
Keep an eye out later this year for news about our 2016 Live Brighter Scholarship!