Eight distinguished Houston-area high school students were honored by Reliant and the Houston Texans at an on-field ceremony at NRG Stadium for the annual "Scholarship for Champions" program, recognizing their academic achievement, athleticism, leadership and community contributions. These students juggle personal routines, school assignments, sports and other commitments every day, focusing on creating opportunities for themselves in the face of exceptional challenges.

Created from a partnership between Reliant and the Texans, the Scholarship for Champions program celebrates each athlete's academic performance, values and dedication to his or her community and sports team with a $5,000 scholarship. All winners play on varsity teams, while maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and plan to pursue a college degree.

"If you want to see inspiring students in action, look no further than our annual Scholarship for Champions honorees. These young individuals exemplify strength and character in overcoming the odds to succeed on and off the field," said Elizabeth Killinger, president of NRG Retail and Reliant. "Each of these students is a leader in their classrooms and communities, and Reliant is proud to support them as they prepare for their next great accomplishments in their studies and future careers."

An independent judging panel selected the winners, who were surprised at their schools with assembly announcements. Since its inception in 2005, Scholarship for Champions has awarded more than $365,000 to 72 students from the Houston area.

"As an organization that knows what it takes to make champions, we're honored to support Houston-area students who fit that leadership mold perfectly. These young stars balance competing demands of studying and sports, showing that practice and hard work are universal winning qualities in all life's arenas," said Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes. "We are proud to partner with Reliant on this decade-long program to help these students continue their path to success and encourage their peers to strive toward these same laudable values."

The 2015 winning students are:

  • Alexandria Brown
  • Mark Eldridge
  • Kianna Irvin
  • Jordan Jones
  • Jasmine Martinez
  • Anthony Montilva
  • Luke Rodriguez
  • Calan Taylor

For more information about Scholarship for Champions, visit scholarship.myreliantenergy.com.

About Reliant, an NRG Company

Reliant provides electricity, smart energy solutions and energy services to business and residential customers across Texas. Reliant is part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), a Fortune 200 company that is at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Backed by a diverse portfolio of power generating facilities that can support millions of homes and businesses nationwide, NRG's retail businesses, including Reliant, serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country. Collectively, NRG's retail brands are the largest providers of electricity in Texas. For more information about Reliant products and services, please visit reliant.com and connect with Reliant on Facebook at facebook.com/reliantenergy and on Twitter @reliantenergy.

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