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AMP Awards Scholarships to 2024 Graduating High School Seniors

Published on: 03/27/2024

COLUMBUS, OH: American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) is pleased to announce the 2024 recipients of the AMP Scholarships Program.

The AMP Board of Trustees established the scholarships program in memory of Richard H. Gorsuch and Lyle B. Wright, public power leaders who contributed significantly to the organization and municipal electric systems in the region.

The 2024 Gorsuch Scholarship recipients are:

  • Devin Dietrich — Napoleon High School, Napoleon; parents, Michael and Amy Dietrich
  • Michael Dietrich, Electric Distribution Service Supervisor
  • Emerson Honea — Westerville South High School, Westerville; parent, Christa Dickey
  • Christa Dickey, Community Affairs Director
  • Trever Huber — Jackson Center High School, Jackson Center; parents, Jason and Kylie Huber
  • Jason Huber, Laborer, Jackson Center
  • Abigail Plants — Jackson High School, Jackson; parents, Matthew and Traci Plants
  • Traci Plants, Executive Assistant to Jackson Mayor Randy Evans
  • Avah Rodgers — Niles McKinley High School, Niles; parents, Amos and Ashley Rodgers
  • Ashley Rodgers, Billing Cashier, Niles

The 2024 Wright Scholarship recipients are:

  • Ryan Halpin — Minster Local High School, Minster; parents, Matthew and Tracy Halpin
  • Whitney Johnson — Patrick Henry High School, Deshler; parents, Brandon and Stefanie Johnson
  • Madelyn Samerdak — Woodridge High School, Cuyahoga Falls; parents, David and Lori Samerdak
  • Hannah Stevens — Coldwater High School, Coldwater; parents, Brian Stevens and Carolyn Youssef
  • Mia Tobias — Tippecanoe High School, Tipp City; parents, Adam and Laura Tobias

“Congratulations to these students on their many achievements,” said Jolene Thompson, AMP President and CEO. “For more than 30 years, AMP’s Scholarships Program has promoted the benefits of living and working in a public power community and encouraged students in Member communities to further their education and consider a career in public power.”

Lyle B. Wright was a strong public power advocate who served on the AMP Board of Trustees from 1979 until his death in 1986. The $3,000 Wright scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors whose households receive electricity from an AMP member community. This year, 28 students were nominated for the Wright Scholarship; five recipients were selected based on their scholastic records, personal achievements and scores on a public power test.

Richard H. Gorsuch, who was dedicated to promoting the advantages of municipally owned electric systems, served as the organization’s president from 1983 until his death in 1987. The $3,000 scholarships in this program are awarded to graduating seniors whose parent or guardian is an employee of either a municipal electric system or AMP, or who is an elected official with responsibility for the electric system. This year, 18 students were nominated for this award; five recipients were selected based on their scholastic records, personal achievements and scores on a public power test.

Since 1988, AMP has awarded $498,000 through the AMP Scholarships Program. For more information about the program, click here.