Luminant launches 2009 Luminant Scholar environmental essay-writing contest
Meeting the new teacher, reuniting with friends and increasing environmental awareness — three things many fifth-graders across Texas will be doing this fall.
Luminant, the state's largest power generation company, is sponsoring its annual Luminant Scholar Program in select Texas public school districts. The essay-writing contest provides fifth-graders an opportunity to share their thoughts on the state of the environment and how they can improve it — with the authors of the top essays winning scholarships for their future education.
“Luminant is excited to build on the success of this program and continue to challenge students to think of ways to protect their environment,” said Phil Wilson, senior vice president of public affairs at Luminant. “We're looking forward to reading this year's essays, hearing fresh ideas and hopefully inspiring students to continue learning through the scholarships and grants we will award.”
Building on last year's successful program, in which more than 6,500 fifth-graders participated and nearly $50,000 was awarded in scholarships and grants, students from select participating schools will write a one-page essay under the theme “How can I help protect the environment?” Winners will receive a $1,000 United States Savings Bond and the student's school will also be eligible to win a $5,000 grand prize.
Through December, Luminant will schedule award ceremonies in each participating school district. The school district's state senator and representative, along with local officials, will be invited to attend.
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Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, construction and development operations. Luminant has more than 16,100 megawatts of existing generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 5,800 MW fueled by coal. Luminant is constructing an additional 2,200 MW of coal-fueled generation capacity, which is expected to begin commercial operation in 2009 and 2010. The company is also the largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity in Texas and fifth largest in the United States. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit www.luminant.com or www.energyfutureholdings.com for additional information.