BP Biofuels Launches Local Scholarship Program
Six Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana Students Receive Awards
Jennings, LA: BP Biofuels announced today the inauguration of the BP Biofuels Alternative Energy scholarship program. Students of Jefferson Davis Parish, LA will benefit from the creation of six scholarships created by BP Biofuels’ facility in Jennings, LA.
The BP Biofuels Alternative Energy scholarship provides a fund of $18,000 to local high school students in the Jeff Davis Parish. Each winner receives $3,000 to assist with further education at local colleges or universities.
Winners of the scholarships include D’Corey Savoy from Jennings High School; Elizabeth Fox, Estelle Langley, and Karl Monceaux from Welsh High School; Christopher McVicker from Lacassine High School; and Clint Hunter Manuel from Hathaway High School.
Carey Buckles, plant manager at the Jennings facility, said it is critical for the business to support the community in which it operates. “We have a responsibility to partner with the community and help them in any way we can,” he said. “We could not be more proud of these students who have already shown commitment to their education and future.”
Each winner of the scholarship had to write a 500 word essay on “How I envision myself participating in the development of the cellulosic ethanol industry”. In addition, students must attend a Louisiana Technical College or University and meet a GPA standard.
Jeff Davis parish Superintendent David Clayton said this scholarship program will help change people’s lives. “Each year students start thinking about what college they are going to attend, but more importantly, which one’s can they afford. With this scholarship program from BP Biofuels, six students can now commence higher education with a bit of breathing space.”
BP Biofuels operates a large scale cellulosic ethanol demonstration facility near Jennings that employs 75 full time people and about 30 additional contractors.
About BP Biofuels
In 2005, BP made a commitment to spend $8 billion over 10 years on alternative energy. BP Alternative Energy is investing at a faster pace than this and has invested approximately $7 billion, with over $4 billion in the US. BP Alternative Energy has a focused biofuels strategy: the production of ethanol from sugarcane in Brazil, developing advanced fuel molecules including biobutanol, and commercializing cellulosic biofuels technology. Our cellulosic biofuels technology will use lignocellulosic biomass from dedicated energy grasses to produce advanced biofuels.
BP has invested more in the United States over the last five years than any other oil and gas company. With more than $52 billion in capital spending between 2007 and 2011, BP invests more in the U.S. than in any other country. The company is the nation’s second largest producer of oil and gas, a major oil refiner and a leader in alternative energy sources including wind power and biofuels. BP provides enough energy each year to light the entire country. With 23,000 U.S. employees, BP supports nearly a quarter of a million domestic jobs through its business activities. For more information, view our BP in America animation video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6n9cZ1xxQw or visit www.bp.com.
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Photos of scholarship recipients available upon request.
For further information:
BP Press Office: 202 457 6575