At Pepco, we are proud to partner with organizations to fulfill our promise of energizing the diverse, local communities where we live and work. We did just that when we recently partnered with the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) D.C. chapter to sponsor the 2018 AABE scholarship awards luncheon in our Edison Place Gallery.
AABE is a professional association of African Americans in the energy industry who seek to increase the number of minorities in energy-related fields through its annual scholarship program. Every year, scholarships are awarded to local high school students pursuing continued education in energy-related fields; and this year each recipient received a $2,000 scholarship and vouchers to purchase school supplies.
“By investing in these students, we are investing in our own success, in the growth of our businesses, in innovation, and economic dynamism,” said David Velazquez, president and CEO, Pepco Holdings. “Diversity and inclusion are more than words on a page for Pepco, they stand at the center of how we do business. We are more successful when we tap into the wide range of perspectives, experiences, and approaches that different people bring to the workplace each day.”
For more than 40 years, the AABE D.C. chapter has worked with like-minded energy professionals and organizations, like Pepco, to ensure the ideas of African Americans and other minorities are part of the discussion and development of national energy policies and regulations.
“We take huge pride in honoring these students who not only are outstanding scholars and citizens, but who also represent the promise, hope, and future of our great nation,” said Shaun Garrison, president of AABE’s D.C. Chapter. “We would also like to thank Pepco, and all of our corporate sponsors. Without your generosity, these important scholarships would not be possible.”