Top “Scholarship for Champions” Student Athletes Honored by Reliant and Houston Texans

—Over $365,000 Merit-Based Scholarships Awarded in Program’s Tenth

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Eight distinguished Houston-area high school students were honored by
Reliant and the Houston Texans at an on-field ceremony at NRG Stadium
for the annual “Scholarship for Champions” program, recognizing their
academic achievement, athleticism, leadership and community
contributions. These students juggle personal routines, school
assignments, sports and other commitments every day, focusing on
creating opportunities for themselves in the face of exceptional

Created from a partnership between Reliant and the Texans, the
Scholarship for Champions program celebrates each athlete’s academic
performance, values and dedication to his or her community and sports
team with a $5,000 scholarship. All winners play on varsity teams, while
maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and plan to pursue a
college degree.

“If you want to see inspiring students in action, look no further than
our annual Scholarship for Champions honorees. These young individuals
exemplify strength and character in overcoming the odds to succeed on
and off the field,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of NRG Retail
and Reliant. “Each of these students is a leader in their classrooms and
communities, and Reliant is proud to support them as they prepare for
their next great accomplishments in their studies and future careers.”

An independent judging panel selected the winners, who were surprised at
their schools with assembly announcements. Since its inception in 2005,
Scholarship for Champions has awarded more than $365,000 to 72 students
from the Houston area.

“As an organization that knows what it takes to make champions, we’re
honored to support Houston-area students who fit that leadership mold
perfectly. These young stars balance competing demands of studying and
sports, showing that practice and hard work are universal winning
qualities in all life’s arenas,” said Houston Texans President Jamey
Rootes. “We are proud to partner with Reliant on this decade-long
program to help these students continue their path to success and
encourage their peers to strive toward these same laudable values.”

The 2015 winning students are:

  • Alexandria Brown
  • Mark Eldridge
  • Kianna Irvin
  • Jordan Jones
  • Jasmine Martinez
  • Anthony Montilva
  • Luke Rodriguez
  • Calan Taylor

For more information about Scholarship for Champions, visit

About Reliant, an NRG Company

Reliant provides electricity, smart energy solutions and energy services
to business and residential customers across Texas. Reliant is part of
NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), a Fortune 200 company that is at the
forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Backed
by a diverse portfolio of power generating facilities that can support
millions of homes and businesses nationwide, NRG’s retail businesses,
including Reliant, serve almost 3 million residential and commercial
customers throughout the country. Collectively, NRG’s retail brands are
the largest providers of electricity in Texas. For more information
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