Duquesne Light Honors Scholarship Winners

    PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Tuesday, Feb. 24,
 Duquesne Light (NYSE:   DQE) and WQED Multimedia will host the 14th Annual Black
 History Month reception at the WQED Studios in Oakland.
     The reception will recognize the academic and community achievements of
 four African-American high school seniors from Duquesne Light's partnership
 schools.  The students will receive $1,000 scholarships for advanced study at
 any four-year university, college, community college or technical training
     This year's scholarship recipients are:
      -- Marissa Goosby, Aliquippa High School
      -- Shaudae Jones, Beaver Falls Senior High School
      -- Jeanette Meacham, Clairton High School
      -- Brittini Wright, Schenley High School
     Duquesne Light began its Partners in Education program with Schenley High
 School in 1985.  The program has helped students increase their level of
 achievement by bolstering the resources in their schools and increasing
 communication between schools and businesses to help ensure a prepared and
 well-educated workforce. By linking schools with local media, cultural,
 academic, environmental and social organizations, students are exposed to new
 career opportunities, engaged in learning programs to expand their skills in
 math, technology and literacy, and helped to build their self-esteem as they
 discover new capabilities and opportunities to enhance their futures.  Today,
 Duquesne Light has partnership programs in 15 schools in Allegheny and Beaver
     In addition to the scholarship awards, Duquesne Light and WQED Multimedia
 will present the 2004 Leadership Awards, which recognize individuals and
 organizations that make significant contributions to the African-American
 community in each of four categories.  This year's honorees are:
      -- Robert Agbede -- founder, president and CEO of Advanced Technology
          Systems, Inc. (ATS).  Business and Government
      -- Pittsburgh Chapter, Links, Inc. - Arts, Culture and Recreation
      -- Pediatric Surgery Department, Children's Hospital of
          Pittsburgh -- Civic, Community and Humanitarian
      -- FAME (Fund for Advancement of Minorities Through
          Education) -- Education
     "Duquesne Light has been a proud partner in this event since its
 inception," said Morgan O'Brien, Duquesne Light president and CEO.  "We are
 pleased to join with WQED to once again provide a forum for current community
 leaders to share the stage with the equally deserving students who will follow
 in their footsteps."
     About Duquesne Light Company
     Duquesne Light Company is a leader in the transmission and distribution of
 electric energy, offering technological innovation and superior customer
 service and reliability to more than half a million direct customers
 throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

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