HOUSTON – Aggreko, the global leader in rental power, cooling, heating and oil-free compressed air solutions, has announced the winners of the 2011 Phil Harrower and Aggreko Merit Scholarships. The scholarships, awarded to children of the company’s employees, are aimed at encouraging higher education and helping to create leaders for tomorrow. One student was selected for the Phil Harrower Scholarship, and four students will each receive an Aggreko Merit Scholarship.
"We are a family-friendly organization that is proud of its employees and the accomplishments of their children," said George Walker, President, Aggreko North America. "It was very difficult to select five finalists to reward because every applicant was stellar, but each of the scholarship winners showed an impressive combination of community involvement and excellence in the classroom that made them stand out from the rest."
Selection is based on various criteria, including academic awards, SAT/ACT scores, extra-curricular activities and career aspirations. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have attained a grade point average of 3.0 or better and submitted an essay describing their career aspirations and reasons for seeking a scholarship. They also had to provide character references. In addition, they must have been accepted for entry into a university, community college or accredited technical school.
The Phil Harrower Scholarship program, named in honor of the late CEO of Aggreko, is a $1,500 per academic year grant, and commemorates Phil Harrower’s widely admired commitment to Aggreko’s employees and their families. Each Aggreko Merit Scholarship recipient receives $1,000 per academic year. Since the Aggreko Merit and Phil Harrower scholarship programs were launched in 2000, Aggreko has awarded more than $110,000 in scholarships to 54 deserving students.
Phil Harrower Scholarship Winner:
Emily Gilman is the daughter of Travis Whaley, ACTS Technician in Chickasha, OK. Emily was a member of the varsity cross country team, soccer, and track team. She was also active in the National Honor Society, Crystal River High School Health Academy, and Health Occupations Students of America. As a Summa Cum Laude graduate, she plans to attend the University of Florida this fall to study Nursing. She is a recipient of the 2011 Phil Harrower Scholarship.
Aggreko Merit Scholarship Winners:
Rachel Childers is the daughter of Mishann Childers, HR Information Systems Specialist in Houston, TX. As an active member of her high school band for the past four years, Rachel plans to incorporate her love for music by majoring in Music Education at Southwestern University. After college, Rachel aspires to become a high school band director stating, “If I can change how one person feels about music, my goal has been achieved.”
Nisha Evans is the daughter of David Evans, Technician in Chicago, IL. After graduating from high school in three years, Nisha recently completed her freshman year at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the School of Architecture. With her first year behind her, she’s gained the confidence in herself to continue her architecture studies.
Rosemary Richard is the daughter of Tom Richard, National Support Center Manager in Houston, TX. Rosemary believes that hard work and dedication to your art is the only way to get what you truly want, and she plans to do just that while attending Sam Houston State University. As a piccolo player, she desires a career in music but also plans to one day help others by becoming an Emergency Room physician.
Courtney Romero is the daughter of Sandra Russell, Support Services Manager in New Iberia, LA. This fall, Courtney will be attending Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in Health and Nutrition. Her goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of a balanced diet and exercise to help future generations reduce their health risks.
Aggreko plc is the world leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control solutions. Aggreko employs over 3,500 permanent people operating from over 144 locations. In 2009 we served customers in about 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately £1.0bn (USD $1.6bn or Euros €1.1bn). Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L), is a member of the FTSE-100 index, and is headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please visit the company website at http://www.aggreko.com/.
Aggreko provides power and temperature control solutions to customers who need them either very quickly, or for a short or indeterminate length of time. Examples would be the supply of power to an industrial site which needs to service its permanent power supply, supplying a whole city in times of power shortage, or providing a major sporting event with power and cooling systems. We serve our customers either through our 144 service centers, which we call the Local Business, or globally through our International Power Projects business.
In the Local business, which accounts for about 60% of our revenues, we hire our equipment to customers, who then operate it for themselves, although we retain responsibility for servicing and maintaining it. In the International Power Projects business, which accounts for about 40% of revenues, we operate as a power producer. We install and operate power plants and we charge our customers both for providing the generating capacity, and for the electricity we produce. We design and manufacture equipment specifically for these requirements in our factory in Dumbarton, Scotland.
Recent customers include the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the power utilities in over 50 countries including the UK, France, Angola, Kenya, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil and the USA.
Aggreko has been serving customers in the Middle East for over 15 years, and has been operating in Central America since 2005.
For more information, please visit the company website at: www.aggreko.com/northamerica or http://www.aggreko.ca/.
For more information contact:
Molly LeCronier, Ward Creative Communications
Amy Stine, Communications Specialist, Aggreko LLC
Simon Lyons, Global Director of Marketing & Communication, Aggreko Plc
Tel: + 44 141 2255900