2017 Champion Scholars Scholarship Winners

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Champion Energy is committed to the community and charities we support, as we work to power lives and power businesses. The Champion Scholars scholarship program was created to recognize those that feel the same way. We received over 2,000 applications, from students in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Applications were evaluated based on academic performance, awards, volunteerism, and the response to this question: Being a champion is about more than winning or being number one. Sometimes being a champion is about giving back to the community, standing up for your beliefs, or supporting a cause you believe in. What makes you a champion in your school or community?

 We are very proud to recognize this year’s scholarship winners:

  $5,000 Champion Scholars Award  

Nivedhitha Selvaraj from Spring, Texas

Nivedhitha is the recipient of a $5,000 Champion Scholars award. Nivedhitha attends The Woodlands High School where she succeeds in and out of the classroom. Nivedhitha is an avid youth education advocate, and hopes to use her education to further this cause. She will be studying Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

“I have firsthand experience with how incorporating technological tools can transform a student’s learning experience, because I have focused over 400 hours of community service on youth education. Time and time again, I have seen how investing in the right tools can empower and encourage students to learn far better than traditional methods. I want to inspire other learners and impact the world.”

 

  $3,000 Champion Scholars Award  

Rachel Dancer from Arlington, Texas

Rachel is the recipient of a $3,000 Champion Scholars award. Rachel attends Arlington High School where she excels academically. Outside of class, she founded the Full Frame Photography Project, providing free family portraits to single parent households. Rachel will be studying Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

“The “Full Frame Photography” project was when I began to realize that everyone has stories waiting to be brought to life, and it is my purpose as an artist and a scientist to be a part of developing them. Being a Champion in the community is about seeing need and using my talents to improve the lives of others.”

 

  $2,000 Champion Scholars Award  

Aparajitha Adiraju from Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Aparajitha is the recipient of a $2,000 Champion Scholars award. Aparajitha shines academically at Vernon Hills High School. Her activities include serving as a math tutor for young children, as well as fighting child labor through Future Business Leaders of America. She will be studying Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign.

“Being a champion is not about being the highest scorer on a test or winning every accolade. It is about finding your passions and following an individual path to success: one that is defined by happiness.”

Learn more about Champion Energy’s commitment to community service.

Champion Energy Week of Giving

During the Fourth Annual Week of Giving (February 13 – 17, 2017), Champion Energy community volunteers worked 2-4 hour shifts at local area non-profit organizations, donating nearly 300 hours to local charities. We packaged backpack buddy bags and meals with the Houston Food Bank, packed brown-bag lunches for preschool children with Kid’s Meals and sorted clothes and served meals at the Star of Hope Mission. Additionally, Champion Energy donated $2,500 to each organization.

Champion Energy employees took this week to give back and help meet the needs of people in the community. This further extends Champion’s company policy of allowing employees to take up to 2 paid hours monthly to volunteer at a non-profit organization. We believe that encouraging community involvement not only helps the community, it helps to build a spirit of camaraderie among employees.

We encourage you to learn more about our partners for the 2017 Week of Giving. Please visit any of the following websites to learn more about the organizations:
Houston Food Bank
Kid’s Meals
Star of Hope Mission

Champion Energy Supports Kids’ Meals


On December 7th, Champion Energy employees volunteered at Kids’ Meals holiday party presenting families with gifts just in time for Christmas. Prior to the event, Champion Energy raised over $1,000 to purchase Toys R Us and Walmart gift cards with a bake sale and cookie contest.

Kids’ Meals Houston offers meals on wheels for pre-schoolers in Houston’s lower income neighborhoods. Each year, Kids’ Meals hosts a holiday party for the families they serve.  There’s a DJ, a visit from Santa, food from Chick-fil-A and Shipley Donuts, free books from the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, and gift cards for each family (donated by companies like Champion).

This further extends Champion’s company policy of allowing employees to take up to 2 paid hours monthly to volunteer at a non-profit organization. We believe that encouraging community involvement not only helps the community, it helps to build a spirit of camaraderie among employees.

You too can help the fight against hunger for as little as $10 to feed 5 children. Donate at http://bit.ly/1VZU7kC.