If you want to bolster your hope that the next generation wants to take good care of our planet, look no further than the essays written for our Future Environmental Leaders Scholarship contest.

We recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to six deserving high school seniors from around our service territory. This was the second year of the contest, launched in 2019.

These young adults are already passionate about protecting the world around them. They’re involved in environmental clubs at school. They volunteer. They advocate.


Here’s a list of this year’s winners, along with their chosen colleges and majors:



Ethan T. Davies (Freedom High School); Penn State University; Environmental System Engineering (Region: Northampton County)






Kayla Lincalis (Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences); Bucknell University; Environmental Engineering (Region: Luzerne County)







Lenka M. Platt (Halifax High School); Chatham University; Biology and Sustainability (Region: Dauphin County)







Ann M. Birmingham (Berks Catholic High School); Nova Southeastern University; Marine Biology (Region: Berks County)






Christian R. Dury (Honesdale High School); Penn State University; Chemical Engineering (Region: Wayne County)








Rachel T. Soccio (Newport High School); Penn State University; Veterinary and Biomedical Science (Region: Perry County)





We’re proud to help these students as they start their college journey with plans for an environmentally-focused career. At PPL Electric Utilities, we share their concerns for the world around us and we know that going above and beyond – like providing a scholarship to help  students fulfill their dreams to protect the planet – is one great way to do that.