Students at three Texas schools did more than learn this fall, they also won their school a $5,000 grant as 2010 Luminant Scholar Program grand prize winners. Out of 31 participating school districts, Belton ISD's Tarver Elementary School, Lexington ISD's Lexington Elementary School and Stephenville's Gilbert Intermediate School were selected as grant recipients based on their students' motivational environmental essays.
The Luminant Scholar essay contest challenged fifth-grade students in select Texas public schools districts to write one-page essays capturing the theme, “How can I help protect the environment?” One winning student from each school district was awarded a $1,000 United States Savings Bond for their inspiring ideas, making their school eligible to win the grand prize.
“In the program's third year, we continue to receive tremendous support and enthusiasm from participating school districts and their students,” said Don Montgomery, Luminant Scholar representative. “The grand prize winning essays demonstrated innovative ideas for helping protect our Earth's natural resources, and it's our hope that through these grants, students will continue to learning about the environment and take action.”
Award ceremonies for the three grand prize winning schools will be held in early 2011, capping $50,000 in scholarships and grants awarded this year and a total of $150,000 since 2008. Previous grand prize winners include Glen Rose, Mt. Pleasant, Paris, Cleburne and Madisonville school districts.
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Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations. Luminant has 18,300 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. 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.