About Liberty Power Bright Horizon Scholarship
Liberty Power has partnered with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support education, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM education in the United States.
We invite undergraduate and graduate college students enrolled in an accredited two and four-year public or private university that have an interest in the fields of energy or the environment to apply for Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship. One $10,000 scholarship, one $5,000 scholarship, one $3,000 scholarship and one $2,000 scholarship will be awarded.
We've extended our application deadline by 5 additional days! Applications are now due Sunday, July 20, 2014 by 11:59PM EST! This year’s grand prize winner will be publicly announced at the USHCC National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah which takes place from September 21st to the 23rd. To learn more, read our FAQ section.
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest completely independent retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2014 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first certified, minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business.
As a retail electricity supplier, Liberty Power purchases electricity on the wholesale market which it then sells to consumers on a retail level. We help large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers address their energy challenges in the area of price and risk mitigation as well as sustainability. Liberty Power celebrated its 10-year anniversary on September 13, 2012, marking ten years of serving electricity and exceptional customer service.
Liberty Power is one of only five retail electricity providers licensed in 16 or more deregulated markets in the United States and operating in more than 50 utility territories. Liberty Power is currently serving customers in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
Did You Know Liberty Power is…
- Named Largest Hispanic-owned Energy Company in the United States by Hispanic Business
- Named 9th Largest Hispanic-owned company in the U.S. overall by Hispanic Business
- Now serving over 10M MWh of retail electricity (equivalent of serving more than 1 million homes)
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For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that together contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.
Q: Who is eligible for the scholarship?
- Undergraduate and graduate college students must be currently enrolled in an accredited two and four-year public or private university
- Must demonstrate a proven interest, experience or idea related to energy or the environment
- Must be 18 years old by September 20, 2014/prior to date of travel to the USHCC Annual Convention
- Must prove they are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Ability to travel to Salt Lake City on September 21-23, 2014
- Must submit a signed release allowing Liberty Power the right to use your submitted application materials for public and promotional purposes (personal/family and financial references will not be used)
- Finalists only:
- Must submit a headshot
- Must provide an official picture ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport)
- Must agree to a background check
- Must submit their official school transcript (electronic version accepted)
Q: Do I have to be of a certain ethnicity to apply?
- No. Liberty Power embraces diversity and welcomes students of any race, color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Q: Am I eligible to submit an application if I am an employee of Liberty Power?
- No. Liberty Power employees, contractors and relatives of employees or contractors are ineligible to submit a scholarship application.
Q: What are the key dates I should be aware of?
- Sunday, July 20, 2014 – Applications are due before 11:59 EST
- Late August – Award winners are notified approximately three (3)weeks prior to Convention
- September 21-23, 2014 – Recipients announced at USHCC Conference in Salt Lake City, UT
- Before December 31, 2014 – Award funds will be dispersed to the winners
Q: What is the amount of the scholarship award?
- For 2014, there will be four (4) award winners:
- One (1) first place winner ($10,000)
- One (1) second place winner ($5,000)
- One (1) third place winner ($3,000)
- One (1) fourth place winner ($2,000)
Q: If I don’t win, can I apply again next year?
- Yes, you are welcome to apply again the future so long as you remain eligible
Q: If I win, who covers the travel expenses?
- If you are selected as the grand prize winner, your airfare and hotel stay will be covered. You will also receive a $500 stipend.
Q: What if I cannot attend the USHCC National Convention?
- Attendance at the Convention’s awards presentation ceremony on Tuesday, September 23 is mandatory in order to win one of the scholarships. If you cannot attend, we welcome you to apply again in the future.
Q: What else takes place at the USHCC National Convention?
Click here to view the Convention’s website and their schedule of events.
Q: What if I have additional questions?
- For further information, please call Dan Grech, Senior Director, Strategic Communication and Digital Marketing, Liberty Power: (954) 598-7032, firstname.lastname@example.org, OR
- Eliza Hernandez, Associate Director, USHCC Foundation, email@example.com
Bright Horizons Scholarship 2013 Winner Tatiana Narvaez
“I am honored to be a recipient of the Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship mostly because I can be a role model to other Hispanic women pursuing careers in engineering. This award not only gives me a sense of accomplishment for all my hard work but it also helps me continue my goal in providing the future’s energy as well as protecting the environment, and for that I am thankful."
- Grand Prize Winner, Tatiana Narvaez, Rice University
“I felt both very honored and thrilled when I found out that I was awarded this scholarship. I’ve always been intrigued by energy and how it is generated and transmitted and how it affects the environment. With the support of this scholarship, I look forward to continuing my education and pursuing a career in energy.”
- Jonathan Taylor Fairey, Georgia Institute of Technology
“Receiving the Bright Horizons Scholarship carries great meaning for me. As a young Hispanic pursuing graduate study in a STEM field, I hope to inspire and provide confidence to my younger peers to pursue careers in STEM as well."
- Lawrence Valverde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign