Scholarships offered for BCHS students

Published 10:43 am Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tenaska Virginia Partners LP, owner of Tenaska Virginia Generating Station near Scottsville, is sponsoring a $1,500 academic scholarship for a college-bound Buckingham County High School (BCHS) senior again this year.

Buckingham County High School students graduating in spring 2020 who will be attending a two- or four-year post-secondary education program at an accredited institution may apply. Applications can be obtained from the high school guidance counselor and must be submitted no later than Feb. 14.

A committee at Tenaska’s headquarters will select the college-bound senior to receive the scholarship. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate that they are prepared for college study, have good character and rank in the top 50% of their class.

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Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the 885-megawatt Tenaska Virginia facility produces electricity for sale to Shell Energy North America (US), LP, which markets the power in the region. The facility is located on Route 761, north of Antioch and west of Palmyra.

“Tenaska is proud to support Buckingham County’s future leaders through our annual scholarship program,” said Sam Graham, plant manager for Tenaska Virginia Generating Station. “When we invest in our students, we are investing in the future of our communities.”

Tenaska Virginia is one of the largest taxpayers in Fluvanna County, contributing more than $26.3 million in property taxes since it began commercial operation in 2004. The plant injected more than $6.1 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy in 2018. In addition to providing more than 780 hours of volunteer service performed by employees and other annual contributions, the Tenaska Virginia facility has been honored for employee involvement in elementary and middle school tutoring and mentoring programs.

Tenaska Virginia Partners is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, J-POWER USA, Tyr Energy Inc. and JERA Co. Inc.

Tenaska, one of the leading independent power producers in the United States, manages scholarship programs in communities where its generating facilities are located. To date, approximately $760,000 in scholarships have been given out to roughly 885 students across the United States. Twenty scholarships totaling $16,000 have been awarded to students from BCHS to date.