PINEVILLE, La. – May 24, 2021 – Cleco Power awarded recent Glenmora High School graduate, JuanCarlos Perales, with the company’s first-ever Power of a Promise Scholarship.
Cleco Power President Shane Hilton surprised Perales with the news via phone (see link to video clip on Facebook @ https://fb.watch/5HPp9GJjc7/.
“I was shocked because I have never received a call like that. It was awesome, and I am excited and grateful,” said Perales. “I’ll be the first in my immediate family to attend college. After college, I want to start working and help my family, so we can have a better life.”
The scholarship, to Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC), includes full tuition, books, a stipend for incidentals and a paid internship at the company’s Brame Energy Center in Lena, La.
The Power of a Promise Scholarship program is part of Cleco’s $1.0 million commitment to CLTCC to help fund training, curriculum development and scholarships. It’s also a part of Cleco’s commitment to build a diverse workforce and create an inclusive work environment.
“To continue building a diverse workforce, we’re creating educational opportunities for under-represented populations,” said Hilton. “This full-ride diversity scholarship with a paid internship is an extraordinary opportunity.”
Cleco’s diversity and inclusion team designed the scholarship for economically disadvantaged, female and minority students classified as a junior or senior who plan to attend CLTCC’s Alexandria Campus and pursue a diploma in industrial manufacturing technology.