Naperville: 2021 IMUA Scholarship Applications Available
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The City of Naperville, in partnership with the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA), is again offering a scholarship competition for high school seniors, whose parents or legal guardians are residential customers of the Naperville Electric Utility.

Each eligible applicant is asked to submit an application and an essay of 500 words or less addressing their choice of one of four utility-related questions. The top four vote-getters in this year's essay competition will receive a finalist certificate and a $1,000 scholarship from IMUA. Last year, Catherine Noelle Sorensen of Naperville was one of the scholarship winners. The deadline for submitting applications and essays is Friday, March 12, 2021. Applications are available at

The scholarship program has a dual purpose — to promote and recognize scholastic achievement and to create greater awareness among young adults of the many issues facing consumers and public power municipalities today.

"Today's energy providers, including municipally owned and operated utilities, face many economic, environmental and other challenges, which warrant creative and innovative solutions," Naperville Electric Utility Director Brian Groth said. "Creating a greater awareness of these issues among tomorrow's leaders can be the first step in helping to determine effective long-term solutions, both now and into the future."

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"Since its inception in 2000, IMUA's scholarship program has proven to be a very popular and successful program for IMUA, its members and the communities they serve," said Kevin M. Gaden, President & CEO of the IMUA. "The scholarship program is another example of how municipally owned and operated utility systems can help return value to their communities, while at the same time, provide a measure of financial assistance to students who wish to pursue a college education."

Since it began, the program has awarded more than $51,000 to 92 students from 29 IMUA member communities statewide.

For more information, applicants may contact DeeDee Bunch at IMUA at (217) 789-4632 or

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