September 24, 2012HOUSTON – Aggreko, the global leader in rental power, cooling, heating and oil-free compressed air solutions, has announced the winners of the 2012 Phil Harrower and Aggreko Merit Scholarships. The scholarships, awarded to children of the company’s employees, are aimed at encouraging higher education and helping cultivate leaders for tomorrow. One student was selected for the Phil Harrower Scholarship, and four students will each receive an Aggreko Merit Scholarship.
"Aggreko is proud of its commitment to support the continued education goals of not only our employees, but also their children," said George Walker, president, Aggreko North America. "It is a humbling opportunity to help young people reach their dreams while easing the burden of having to make college tuition payments.”
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. 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 $124,000 in scholarships to 59 deserving students.
Phil Harrower Scholarship Winner:
Jeremy Gallagher - “The knowledge I gain from college will assist me in my aspiration to one day develop a cure for diabetes through the rejuvenation of the pancreas.”
Jeremy is the son of Joe Gallagher, national repair manager, temperature in Pearland, Texas. This fall he is attending Lee College’s Honors Program in Baytown, TX, to pursue his Associates degree before transferring to the University of Houston to major in biomedical engineering.
Aggreko Merit Scholarship Winners:
Christina Bertrand - “I plan to use the skills I acquire through my education to teach middle school students in New Orleans.”
Christina is the daughter of Tom Bertrand, operations manager in New Iberia, LA. Currently a sophomore at Tulane University, she is studying english/creative writing and plans to later study for a Master’s degree in English.
Randi Courville - “I enjoy helping others live a healthier and more productive lifestyle.”
Randi is the daughter of Randy Courville, shop foreman in Lake Charles, LA. Attending McNeese State University this fall, she will focus her studies on health and human performance.
Samantha Miller – “I would like to build a successful business around my love of fashion and design.”
Samantha is the daughter of Leslie Miller, rental coordinator in Chickasha, OK. She is attending the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. As an All-District soccer player, Samantha plans to study business and hopes to one day own a business or a chain of businesses.
Eva Hidalgo - “It is my dream to become a research psychiatrist who works on treatments and cures for psychology disorders both genetic and acquired.”
Eva Hidalgo is the daughter of Miguel Hidalgo, team leader, IT infrastructure in New Iberia, LA. She plans to major in biology with a focus on pre-medicinal studies at Louisiana State University Honors College in Baton Rouge, LA.