Scholarships & Recognitions

Scholarships & Recognitions

The success of our communities depends on the education we are able to give to future generations. In this spirit, we contribute to a variety of educational programs and scholarships each year.

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Educational Programs

Energy 101

Learn more about electricity, where it comes from and what it means for our everyday lives in this section of

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Energy Efficiency Education

Reliant's energy advisors visit people's homes and attend events large and small, offering information and advice about reducing electricity usage. You may also see them make the occasional television appearance on programs such as Great Day Houston or Good Morning Texas in Dallas.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Youth Scholarship Program

Reliant contributes funds to this program, which supports more than 2,000 deserving Texas students with money for college.

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Reliant Scholarship for Champions

Reliant teams up with the Houston Texans through the Powering Strong Minds and Bodies program to give college scholarships to exceptional students who excel both academically and athletically.

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Reliant Student Recognition Program

Each year, teachers and administrators across Houston nominate their top students for the Reliant Student Recognition Program. Winners receive a certificate and other prizes.

Teach Me Energy

This interactive, animated Reliant website teaches kids about energy, where it comes from and how to make smart usage choices. Reliant also gives Teach Me Energy booklets and smart energy talks to kids at local community events.

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Scholarship for Champions 

Each year, coaches and teachers nominate students with exceptional performance in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership activities. Reliant, in partnership with the Houston Texans, selects the winners and awards them with funds for higher education.

Since its inception in 2005, Reliant has awarded more than $445,000 to 88 students from the Houston area. Winners are honored in a special ceremony during a Texans home game. All recipients listed below received a $5,000 scholarship.

To nominate a deserving Houston-area student-athlete, visit

2017 Winners

  • Kaloyan Bratanov, Katy High School
  • Jacob Comp, Waller High School
  • Talia Freeman, Morton Ranch High School
  • Travis Jacobs, Summer Creek High School
  • Brenda Navarro, Sharpstown High School
  • Doan Phan, Sharpstown High School
  • Alaini Ramirez, B.F. Terry High School
  • Christian Vega, Katy High School

2016 Winners

  • Taten Blue, Stafford High School
  • Ahmed Eisa, Sharpstown High School
  • Christine Henderson, Home School
  • Justin Herbert, Hempstead High School
  • Yu (Leon) Liu, Magnolia West High School
  • Evan Loyka, Kingwood High School
  • Avery Sheldon, Humble High School
  • Dav'ion Zeno, Heights High School

2015 Winners

  • Alexandra Brown, Thurgood Marshall High School
  • Mark Eldridge, Manvel High School
  • Kianna Irvin, Pasadena High School
  • Jordon Jones, Kempner High School
  • Jasmine Martinez, Northbrook High School
  • Anthony Montilva, Stafford High School
  • Luke Rodriguez, Alief Elsik High School
  • Calan Taylor, Milby High School

2014 Winners

  • Emily Burns, Waller High School
  • Joshua Cooper, Summer Creek High School
  • Jaron Dillard, North Forest High School 
  • Chirac Hitimana, Davis High School
  • Victoria Meza, Clear Creek High School 
  • Sarah Redding, Friendswood High School
  • Tyler Twardowski, Waller High School
  • Keith Woodruff, Stratford High School  

2013 Winners

  • Gabriel Chaparro, Lamar Consolidated High School
  • Marissa Clark, Spring Woods High School
  • Michael Gonzalez, Sam Houston MSTC
  • Austin Hawkins, Cypress Ridge High School
  • Maelege Lealaimatafao, Thurgood Marshall High School
  • Cindy Onyekwelu, Alief Taylor High School
  • Brian Portis, Westside High School
  • Tony Smith, Cinco Ranch High School
  • Taylor Troutt, Clear Falls High School

2012 Winners

  • Emily Abshire, Waller High School
  • Camila Albo, Ridge Point High School
  • Jehan Baba, Pasadena Memorial High School
  • Zachary Ryan Bell, Travis High School
  • Mamadee Koromah, Lee High School
  • Cesar Martinez, Jefferson Davis High School
  • Galen Nailor, Aldine High School
  • Eric Parker, Hightower High School
  • Jacquelyn Parker, St. Agnes High School

2011 Winners

  • Nadia Butt, Cypress Lakes High School
  • Gabriela Chen, Ross S. Sterling High School
  • Raul Gutierrez, Galena Park High School
  • Jordan Horn, Klein Collins High School
  • Aaron Lavergne, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Kai Muhammad, Northbrook High School
  • Brian Skulski, Stratford High School
  • Rajdeepsingh Waghela, Goose Creek Memorial High School

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