NYPA Press Release

NYPA Awards $10,000 Scholarships to 10 College-Bound New Yorkers to Help Increase Diversity in the Electricity Sector

For Immediate Release: 6/14/22          

Contact: Lynne Smith | lynne.smith@nypa.gov | (914) 346-4656


NYPA’s Future Energy Leaders Program Encourages High-achieving Seniors from Economically Disadvantaged Communities to Pursue Clean Energy Careers

See video of scholarship recipients.

WHITE PLAINS – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today that 10 high school seniors residing in New York State and interested in pursuing energy-related undergraduate studies will receive a one-time $10,000 NYPA Future Energy Leaders Scholarship award as part of NYPA’s commitment to help increase diversity in the electric utility and related clean energy industries. The targeted scholarship program, launched in 2021 and managed by NYPA’s Environmental Justice program, is part of the utility’s industry-leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) plan to prepare and support a workforce that reflects the diverse communities NYPA serves.


“NYPA’s goal is to increase diversity in the electric power industry by creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students in New York State who are interested in pursuing a career in an energy-related field,” said Justin E. Driscoll, NYPA Interim President and CEO. “Our Future Energy Leaders scholarship program is one of several initiatives to advance racial justice and promote equity in the utility sector by supporting the development of a highly skilled workforce that offers upward mobility for all and will help New York in its transition to a clean energy future.”


The scholarship celebration, which was held virtually last night, recognized students who perform well academically and hold promise for filling future roles in clean energy.

NYPA currently employs more than 2,000 engineers, energy technologists, IT specialists and other professionals. The organization is continually offering opportunities to join the organization to talented individuals who are interested in being part of New York’s transition to a clean energy economy.


To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants had to be academically accomplished, economically challenged, and under-represented high school seniors (with additional consideration given to candidates who are Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color), residing in New York State, in good academic standing and express an interest in working toward traditional and non-traditional careers related to the energy industry. 

“The students receiving Future Energy Leaders Scholarships are among the best and the brightest, and they plan to bring their talents to the rapidly changing energy industry” said Lisa Payne Wansley, NYPA’s vice president of Environmental Justice. “NYPA helps support young New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds who are interested in achieving their personal academic goals. It is part our Environmental Justice mission to increase equitable access to promote diversity in the clean energy industry for all students.”  


NYPA’s Environmental Justice team partnered with four nationally recognized professional, academic and community organizations to manage the 2022 Scholarship Program. Scholarship winners are as follows:

Eagle Academy Foundation

  • Rasheem Williams, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Staten Island to study business administration at SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Jamie Sterling, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Southeast Queens to study accounting at Syracuse University


Society of Black Engineers

  • Faith Toage, Frederick Law Olmstead School in Buffalo to study biomedical sciences at SUNY Buffalo
  • Stephon Besancon, Massena Central High School to study electrical construction and maintenance at SUNY Canton
  • Mapendo Tumaini, Hutchinson Central Technical High School in Buffalo to study engineering and science technology at SUNY Buffalo State College


United Neighborhood Houses (UNH)

  • Mia Williams Payne, Talent Unlimited High School in New York City to study civil and aerospace engineering at University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign
  • Min Aung Zaw, New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn to study computer science at City College of New York
  • Yusrat Sanni, Brooklyn School for Math and Research to study mathematics at Pennsylvania State University

NY Urban League

  • Jaylin Brooks-Perkins, Westtown School in West Chester, PA to study business administration and political science at Wellesley College
  • Trejah Brown, The Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice to study biology and pre-med at Clark Atlanta University


See video of scholarship recipients.


For more information about NYPA’s Future Energy Leaders Scholarship, contact Julieanne Sullivan, Senior Project Manager, Environmental Justice,  julieanne.sullivan@NYPA.gov.  Learn more about NYPA’s Environmental Justice program.



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