Reliant Opens ‘Scholarship for Champions’ Nominations for All-Star Houston Student-Athletes

  Reliant Opens ‘Scholarship for Champions’ Nominations for All-Star Houston

– Partnership With Houston Texans Has Granted $280,000 to High School Students

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- August 6, 2013

There are students who bat a thousand on and off the field. They clear hurdles
and dive right in. Reliant wants to meet these standout Houston area high
school student-athletes who may be eligible for $5,000 scholarships through
the Scholarship for Champions program. In its eighth year, the merit-based
program is a partnership between Reliant and the Houston Texans to encourage
youth academics, athletics, leadership and community service.

Teachers, coaches and administrators can nominate students at through Aug. 31, 2013. Judges from
Reliant and the Houston Texans will select the winners based on achievements
in academics, athletics, leadership, ethics and community involvement.
Selected students will receive surprise visits from the Texans at their
schools to learn they’ve won and recognition during a special on-field
ceremony at a Texans home game.

Nomination criteria include:

  *A full-time high school student scheduled to graduate in the spring of
  *Plans to pursue a college degree
  *Participation in a varsity sport between Aug. 1, 2011 and the present
  *Overall minimum grade point average of 3.0

Last year’s scholarships were delivered in person by Houston Texans former
player and ambassador J.J. Moses. Winning students included a soccer player
who lived apart from family in Mexico and excelled in Advanced Placement
courses, another soccer player who endured multiple eye surgeries yet earned a
spot at an NCAA Division 1 University, and a football team captain who
suddenly lost his father and still remained an active leader and community
volunteer. All applicants exemplified strong values and character in the face
of adversity.

“Each year Reliant is amazed by the academic and athletic accomplishments of
these student athletes and the positive impact they are making,” said Karen
Jones, Reliant chief marketing officer. “The Scholarship for Champions
program, along with our employee volunteer tutoring, youth sports camps and
other initiatives, inspires kids to continue their education and build their
skills for the future.”

Since the program’s start in 2006, Reliant and the Houston Texans have awarded
56 scholarships totaling $280,000.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Reliant to recognize
outstanding local students that have excelled on the field, in the classroom
and in our community,” said Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes. “The
‘Scholarships for Champions’ program helps support Houston’s workforce
development goals and we are proud to be teamed up with Reliant to make an
impact for our city.”

For more information about the program, visit

About Reliant

Reliant provides electricity, energy services and smart energy solutions to
homes, businesses, manufacturing facilities, government entities and
institutions in Texas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As part of NRG (NYSE: NRG),
Reliant is backed by a Fortune 500 company that is at the forefront of
changing how people think about and use energy. NRG is a pioneer in developing
cleaner and smarter energy choices for its customers. NRG’s diverse power
generating facilities can support over 40 million homes nationwide, and its
retail businesses collectively serve more than 2.2 million customers in 10
states and the District of Columbia. For more information about Reliant
products and services, please visit Connect with Reliant on
Facebook at and on Twitter @reliantenergy.

About the Houston Texans

The city of Houston was awarded the National Football League’s 32nd franchise
on October 6, 1999 thanks to an effort spearheaded by local businessman Robert
C. McNair; and on September 8, 2002, the Houston Texans made their
regular-season debut, returning the NFL to Houston after a five-year absence.
That night, the Texans became the first expansion team in NFL history to win
its debut game, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 19-10. The Texans play at Reliant
Stadium, the first retractable-roof stadium in the NFL, and they have sold out
every game at the stadium in franchise history. The Houston Texans are the
two-time defending AFC South division champions; and in 2011, the Texans were
named the ninth-most valuable sports franchise in the world by Forbes magazine
with an estimated value of $1.17 billion.


Shabina Zakaria, 713.537.2159
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