FirstEnergy Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Grants to Six Teachers in West Virginia

Dec 03, 2015, 16:55 ET from FirstEnergy Corp.

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Six teachers in West Virginia have been awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classroom grants totaling more than $5,000 from FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE).  The grants will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and academic programs in areas served by FirstEnergy's West Virginia utilities.

The winners, their schools and projects are:

  • Nancy Kincaid and Christina Rollins, Sunset Primary School at Research Ridge, Morgantown – Exploring manmade and natural things that move: programming a robot
  • Sandra Wiseman, Woodsdale Elementary, Wheeling – Electrifying fictitious characters
  • Laura VanHorn, North Elementary School, Morgantown – Learning to use a weather station
  • Jason Hoffman, Harpers Ferry Middle School, Harpers Ferry – Mancala counting game math and science
  • Jill Orsini, Pikeside Learning Center, Martinsburg – STEM projects for preschoolers

"FirstEnergy has long supported educational activities in our West Virginia service area, particularly those that encourage students to pursue careers in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Holly Kauffman, president of West Virginia operations for FirstEnergy.  "We are pleased to provide assistance to several STEM projects this year to support our students, schools and educators as they work to help build a strong workforce for the future."  

FirstEnergy offers grants up to $1,000 to individual teachers and administrators at schools served by its electric utility operating companies and in communities where it has facilities.  

Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy's Educational Advisory Council.  As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, while its generation subsidiaries control nearly 17,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewables.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at

Editors Note: A photo of the check presentation to Woodsdale Elementary School is available for download on Flickr.

SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.