American Water Announces James LaFrankie Scholarship Recipients

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American Water James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards

The board of directors honored nine students for their scholastic achievement

American Water Works Co. Inc. announced recipients of the 23rd annual James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards. The awards were distributed nationwide to nine college-bound children of full-time American Water employees, who demonstrate an interest in water-related industry occupational fields.  

Out of 32 applicants, American Water selected nine high school seniors based on their outstanding high school records, academic honors, participation in extracurricular activities and teacher recommendations. The scholarships are awarded for a term of one year in individual awards of $1,000. Scholarship renewal is contingent upon the student's academic progress and may be renewed up to three years.

The scholarship award recipients are as follows:

  • • Margaret Boland ​of Lexington, Ky., daughter of Charlie Boland, major accounts & external affairs specialist in Lexington, Ky.;
  • • Tyler Campbell of St.Peters, Mo., son of Tim Campbell, utility worker in St. Peters/Cottleville, Mo.;
  • • Ryan Gallagher of Cherry Hill, N.J., son of Jack Gallagher, construction services engineering director in Mt. Laurel, N.J.;
  • • Lauren Harrison of Sutherland, Va., daughter of Kevin Harrison, utility technician in Hopewell, Va.;
  • • Dallas Hogan of Mount Laurel, N.J., daughter of Maria Hogan, executive assistant in Cherry Hill, N.J.;
  • • Jacob Pieti of Calumet, Mich., son of Marc Pieti, operations support representative III in Calumet, Mich.;
  • • Secilia Ramirez ​of Lawton, Okla., step-daughter of David Hastings, operations supervisor in Fort Sill, Okla.;
  • • Samuel Stewart of Ballwin, Mo., son of Daniel Stewart, network supervisor in St. Louis; and
  • • Kali Templeton​ of Eleanor, W.Va., daughter of William “Butch” Templeton, field operations supervisor in Charleston, W.Va.

“American Water is pleased to provide scholarships to employees’ children who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements,” said Len Crane, vice president of human resources. “It is important to us that we give students the opportunity to advance their education and support their academic and future career endeavors.”

The American Water board of directors established the scholarship program in 1991 in honor of former American Water president, James LaFrankie. LaFrankie demonstrated the value he placed on college education by earning a degree at Georgetown University night school while working days at the Alexandria Virginia Water Company, now known as Virginia American Water. After that, LaFrankie excelled, climbing the ladder to increasingly responsible positions over his 44-year career with American Water, retiring as the company’s president in 1991.

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