PPL Electric Utilities launched its new Future Environmental Leaders Scholarship this year, picking seven deserving high school seniors to each receive $2,000 toward their college education.

“We developed this scholarship program as part of our continued focus on benefitting the environment,” said Michael Hasel, manager of environmental compliance for PPL. “Being a good steward of the world around us means more than merely following established rules and regulations. It means going above and beyond. The new scholarship program does that by helping these young adults pursue environmentally-related fields.”

About 400 students applied for the scholarships. PPL divided up its service territory into seven geographic regions and awarded one scholarship in each region. As part of their scholarship application, students had to write a short essay on why they were pursuing a career with environmental ties.

“The quality of the applications was outstanding,” Hasel said. “Their passion about improving and protecting the environment was evident in their essays. We’re happy to help them fulfill their career dreams.”

Following are this year’s winners, their chosen colleges and majors:

  • (Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery counties) — McKenzie Hagenbuch, Southern Lehigh H.S.; SUNY ESF, Wildlife Sciences
  • (Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzeren counties) — Emily Ferraro, Williams Valley H.S.; Shippensburg University of PA, Ecology/Environmental Biology
  • (Dauphin, York and Cumberland counties) — Laura Hunsberger, Susquehanna Township H.S.; Mansfield Univerity of PA, Environmenal Biology
  • (Lancaster and Berks counties) — William J. Burke III, Penn Manor H.S.; Penn State, Energy Engineering
  • (Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties) — Tyler Wirth, Wallenpaupack Area H.S.; University of Cincinnati, Architectural Engineering
  • (Union, Snyder, Juniata, Perry and Northumberland counties) — Daniel Campbell, Greenwood H.S.; Bloomsburg University of PA, Environmental Science
  • (Clinton, Lycoming, Columbia and Montour counties) — Mackenzie Fish, Central Columbia H.S.; Bloomsburg University of PA, Wildlife and Fisheries Science.