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Nine Female STEM Students Receive Full-Ride College Scholarships from Exelon and Exelon Foundation

The Exelon Foundation | May 31, 2022

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The Exelon Foundation surprised nine female STEM students and graduates of the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy with full-ride college scholarships of about $1 million.

“We want to ensure these outstanding young women the opportunity and financial flexibility to study at the college of their choice. It’s not just a scholarship, but, hopefully, a path to future leadership at Exelon.”

- Paula Conrad, vice president of Corporate Relations for Exelon


Following are the STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship recipients of 2022:
STEM Academy Baltimore and DC
  • Allegre Oledibe, Springdale, Md. (General Engineering, Virginia Tech)
  • Micaela Venyo, Belcamp, Md. (Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech)
  • Tahreem Rana, Baltimore, Md. (Computer Science, University Maryland Baltimore County)

STEM Academy Chicago
  • Nicole Constante, Chicago, Ill. (Engineering Management, University of Illinois Chicago)
  • XiuYi Tan, Chicago, Ill. (Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Aditi Bhatt, Chicago, Ill. (Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

STEM Academy Philadelphia
  • Aliyana Banner, Yardley, Pa. (Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University)
  • Maitri Patel, Philadelphia, Pa. (Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor)
  • Emily Curran, Jamison, Pa. (Computer Engineering, Villanova University)

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Transfr | September 23, 2022

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Pablo Arts "ART BONBON" Will Join EDUTech Asia 2022, Singapore

Pablo Arts | October 27, 2022

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Edith Cowan | November 07, 2022

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Rasmussen University | October 13, 2022

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