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Kentucky American Water awards 2020 Ripple Effect Scholarships to three high school seniors

Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to three Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the 18th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2020 recipients are Fiona Farrer from Lafayette High School, Reka Gal from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Sydney Glenn from Scott County High School. Each student receives a $500 award from the company for use at an institution of higher education.

Fiona Farrer, Reka Gal and Sydney Glenn

This year’s Ripple Effect Scholarship recipients have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through activities such as creating a school environmental club, organizing and executing a rain barrel fundraiser, and coordinating a park clean-up effort.

“Students who are awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships excel in the classroom while also giving back to their schools and the larger community by leading projects that help protect the environment for future generations,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water. “As a utility that works with a precious natural resource every day, we are grateful for the solid example of environmental stewardship that these young people are setting for their fellow students and the larger community. Their actions are truly making a difference and inspiring others to be good stewards of the environment, too. We are pleased to recognize them through this award.”

Kentucky American Water established the Ripple Effect Scholarship program in 2002. High school seniors in the company’s 14-county service area are eligible to apply. Since 2002, the company has awarded a total of $61,500 in scholarship funds to nearly 112 Kentucky students.

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