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Golden, Colo., Sept. 8, 1999 The companies that operate the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today gave $25,000 on behalf of the laboratory employees to establish the NREL Columbine Spirit Scholarship at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM).
The fund, endowed by Midwest Research Institute, Battelle and Bechtel, will be used to award scholarships to graduates of Columbine and other Jefferson County high schools through the Colorado School of Mines Foundation. The scholarship will be offered first to Columbine graduates who are pursuing degrees in disciplines related to the laboratory's research and development mission.
"The Columbine tragedy struck me and NREL's employees deeply," said NREL Director Richard H. Truly, presenting a check to CSM President Theodore A. Bickart. "We all wanted to do something that would capture the spirit of our community by making a lasting investment in science education." "For years to come, the generosity of NREL employees and companies will help deserving students in our community achieve their educational goals," said Bickart. "I can think of no better way to honor the memory of Columbine's victims. The Colorado School of Mines is proud to be associated with this lasting tribute."
NREL's 1000 employees played an integral role in determining what the laboratory should do to honor the Columbine victims, contributing ideas to the NREL Director and the managing partnership. The scholarship fund was chosen because of its long-term value to the community and the laboratory's collaborative research relationship with the Colorado School of Mines.
The CSM Director of Financial Aid will manage the NREL fund. Scholarship awards will be based on financial need and consist of up to the cost of full tuition. Awards will be for one year and may be renewed for as many as three additional years. Recipients will be selected by the CSM Foundation.
Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, Mo., Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, and Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, Calif., operate and manage NREL for DOE. No federal funds were used for the endowment.
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