PPL Foundation scholarship powers Brighter Futures
Partner schools to award $150,000 in scholarships annually to support students working toward a clean energy future

Allentown, Pa. (July 3, 2024) – PPL Corporation and its operating companies are focused on creating the utilities of the future. As the company works to advance a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy future for its customers and communities, PPL Foundation is also making an investment in education to ensure the next generation of workers is ready to tackle today’s challenges and find innovative solutions for the future.

To support future leaders in the clean energy transition, PPL Foundation has partnered with a network of schools to provide scholarships to students who are passionate about clean energy, sustainability, decarbonization and grid reliability.

Beginning in 2024, the Brighter Futures scholarship program will award $150,000 annually to students pursuing degrees or technical certification in fields that support the clean energy transition.

To run the scholarship program, the PPL Foundation has partnered with nine schools serving Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island:

  • Cedar Crest College
  • Kentucky State University
  • New England Institute of Technology 
  • Northampton Community College
  • Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg
  • Smith College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • University of Rhode Island


“Whether these students are working on exciting research projects to find new ways of generating and delivering power or gaining practical, real-life skills in technical schools, we’re so excited to be able to support their education,” said Lissette Santana, PPL Foundation president. “Working with a network of partner schools enables PPL Foundation to have a greater impact in the communities served by PPL’s utilities. It’s likely these students are from our communities and will stay in our communities, helping to shape a vibrant future for all.”

Schools include:

  • Colleges and universities that are working to propel important research in renewable energy, energy alternatives, and sustainability.
  • Women’s colleges and historically black colleges and universities supporting diverse communities and students historically underrepresented in these key fields.
  • Technical schools and community colleges that offer programs for the next generation of skilled trade workers in the utility industry.


To be eligible, students must be enrolled in one of these institutions, demonstrate financial need, be in good academic standing and demonstrate a passion for or interest in clean energy, sustainability, decarbonization and grid reliability. For more information on how to apply, students should contact each school directly.


About the PPL Foundation

The PPL Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization. Funded by PPL Corporation shareowners, the foundation was formed to support community initiatives in the areas served by PPL Corporation’s utilities. Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are engaged in innovative and groundbreaking work to create vibrant, sustainable communities; advance diversity, equity and inclusion; and support children’s success from cradle to career in both Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

For more information, visit www.pplcares.com.

For further information: Lissette Santana, losantana@pplweb.com