Cleco announces Power of a Promise Scholarship recipient

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 @

“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.