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BGE announces nine new college scholarships

BGE announces nine new scholarships

The BGE Scholars Award will give annual scholarships, each worth up to $5,000, to nine students in BGE's service area.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. announced Monday that it was creating nine new scholarships in honor of the utility company's bicentennial.

The BGE Scholars Award will offer annual scholarships, each worth up to $5,000, to nine students in BGE's service area.

The scholarship program is one of three legacy gifts BGE promised at the beginning of the year as a way to commemorate its 200th year in business.

"BGE wants our legacy gifts to our customers to make a powerful and lasting impact. With our third gift, the BGE Scholars Award, we are excited to help promising students from our region achieve their full educational potential," said Valencia McClure, BGE's vice president of governmental and external affairs, in a statement.

The company previously announced a partnership with Art with a Heart, a Baltimore visual arts nonprofit, to design and install 100 mosaics in Maryland. BGE also is working with Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to develop a ballpark in West Baltimore, to be named Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park, in honor of the Orioles legend.

The merit-based scholarships will be available to students who are BGE customers or dependents of a BGE customer. Applicants must have been accepted into or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or post-secondary program, including vocational programs. The application also will consider community service and involvement in civic organizations.

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available January 1 on BGE's website, bge.com.

Central Scholarship, a Baltimore nonprofit, will administer the program.

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