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El Paso Electric Establishes Endowed Scholarships at UTEP and NMSU in Memory of Former Board Chairman

May 8, 2013

El Paso Electric today announced the establishment of endowed scholarship programs in the Departments of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University. Each university has received $250,000 to fund its scholarship program. 

The Kenneth R. Heitz/El Paso Electric Endowed Scholarships were established in the name of El Paso Electric Board Chairman Kenneth R. Heitz who passed away in July 2012.

The endowments will be used to provide scholarships for UTEP undergraduate electrical engineering students and NMSU engineering students who foster technology innovation and sustainability within the electric industry such as renewable energy integration, energy efficiency and support for transmission and distribution systems.

“These endowments presented to the two major universities in our region signify El Paso Electric’s commitment to supporting regional educational efforts and to assist those students who are focused on curriculums that benefit our industry and our customers,” said Tom Shockley, CEO of El Paso Electric. “In addition, those students selected to receive the scholarships will have the opportunity to take part in internship and mentoring programs at El Paso Electric.”

Kenneth R. Heitz, for which the scholarships are named, served as a Board member from 1996 until 2008 when he was elected Chairman. He served in that capacity until his death in July 2012. 

“Ken was a dedicated Board member who cared about the future of El Paso Electric in this region,” said Chairman of the EPE Board of Directors Michael Parks. “His experience, knowledge and leadership helped establish the Company as a financially stable utility after its emergence from bankruptcy in 1996. I know Ken would have been proud to have his name associated with scholarships that will assist students continue their education and hopefully become leaders in the region.”

“We are always grateful to receive support for scholarships that enable talented young people to pursue their dreams at UTEP,” said UTEP President Dr. Diana Natalicio. “Such support is especially welcomed when it comes from our partners at El Paso Electric, who share our understanding of the abundant talent in this region and the limited financial resources to develop it. Our collective prosperity and quality of life will rest on successful partnerships like this one between EPE and UTEP. “

"A scholarship gift of this magnitude certainly shows an impressive level of support for New Mexico State University from El Paso Electric,” said NMSU Interim President Dr. Manuel Pacheco. “We are very grateful for this support and are eager to see the results it generates in the form of future student accomplishments on our campus."

The scholarships will be available at both universities beginning with the Fall 2013 semester.