OSWEGO, NY – Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station (NMPNS), owned and operated by Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG), is fortunate to operate in the greater Oswego community and is proud to give back to our community in a variety of ways, including scholarships to the children of employees.
This year’s scholarship recipients are Laura Andrews, a medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University; Christopher Dean, a graduating senior from John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix; and Cathryn Shelton, a graduating senior from Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square.
Laura Andrews, the daughter of NMPNS employee Dan Coleman, is currently enrolled at SUNY Upstate Medical University in the MD program. Beginning her third year, after a one year leave in July 2012, she possesses an exceptional academic record with a career path likely in academic medicine.
Ms. Andrews has spent countless hours in a clinic setting for refugees over the past two years, both as a volunteer and a coordinator. The clinic is maintained on the campus of Upstate Medical Center. Her involvement has included screenings for general health concerns, communicable diseases and other health conditions that threaten refugees’ lives in their transition to Syracuse. Her involvement in the clinic was fueled by a course taken in Social Responsibility in Medicine.
During her first year, Ms. Andrews also found time to complete a volunteer experience teaching reading at an inner city public school.
Christopher Dean is the son of NMPNS employee Jeff Dean and is a graduating senior from John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix.
Mr. Dean has an exemplary record of academic accomplishment and community service. He is ranked first in his high school class of 183 seniors. He obtained superior scores on the SAT examination and was recipient of a Bausch and Lomb Science Award. He had perfect attendance during his final two years in high school and has been recognized in many areas for honors and outstanding achievement over his high school career.
Mr. Dean’s leadership extends to many areas, including class treasurer for all four years and serving in this same post for the National Honor Society. His service through the National Honor Society includes participation in the Red Cross Blood Drive, bell ringing at the holidays for the Red Cross, Village of Phoenix Clean-up Crew and Crop Walk. He has earned varsity letters in soccer and served as team captain during his senior year.
He is very involved in the St. Stephens Youth Group and their many volunteer community activities. Mr. Dean participated in the Oswego County Academic Youth League, marched in the Memorial Day Parade Band and was selected to participate in the search committee for the Phoenix Superintendent of Schools.
Cathryn Shelton, daughter of NMPNS employee Richard Shelton, is a graduating senior from Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square and ranks fourth of 363 students in her graduating class.
Her scores on the standardized SAT are impressive, as is her commitment to both her high school and her community. She is an outstanding varsity lacrosse player and served as captain her senior year. She is also a highly accomplished varsity volleyball athlete, serving as captain for two years, and was recognized as player of the year, winning a national award as MaxPrep player of the week in New York State.
Ms. Shelton served as treasurer of her class for four years, participated on the high school math team for three years and played the alto saxophone as a three-year member of the band. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a contributing member of the Oswego County Academic Youth League. Her community activities include serving as manager and statistician for the boys’ varsity basketball team, being a freshman mentor and participating in the National Grid Pipeline Program (for future engineers).
Ms. Shelton has committed to various community activities that include making sandwiches for the homeless and those with food insecurities, being a member of the 100+ hour volunteers at Crouse Hospital during the summer (2010), and wrapping presents for those with Alzheimer’s Dementia.
Based on scholastic achievement and aptitude, as well as such personal qualities as character and leadership ability, NMPNS awards two undergraduate scholarships annually, each being valued up to $6,000 over four years, and one graduate fellowship biennially, valued up to $3,000 over two years.