Hydrogen Company Offers $1 Mil Scholarship Program

John Davis

ProtonEnergyHigh school seniors who are looking to further their education in the fields of science or technology will get some help from a world leader in hydrogen energy.

Proton Energy Systems has announced the $1 million Proton Energy Scholarship program aimed at recognizing outstanding achievement, excellence and promise in science or technology:

The scholarship program is supported and funded by Tom Sullivan, owner of Proton Energy and founder of the national chain Lumber Liquidators. The scholarship will award four-year undergraduate scholarship prizes with a total value of up to $100,000 each. Honorable Mentions, Proton Energy Achievers, will be awarded $500 prizes. Sullivan has committed $1 million to the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF), who is administering the scholarship program.

“Proton Energy is committed to innovation and creativity, and it is our hope that through this scholarship, we can help inspire young people with an interest in science and technology,” said Sullivan. “The cost of college can sometimes be overwhelming – especially in this economy – and we are proud to help alleviate this burden, while also encouraging new ideas among some of America’s most promising high school students in a field that holds tremendous importance for the future.”

Proton Energy is the world’s leading supplier of onsite hydrogen generators utilizing PEM (proton exchange membrane) technology, which creates high purity hydrogen from de-mineralized water and electricity. The company has been developing and manufacturing world-class electrolysis systems since 1996, with more than 1200 units deployed world-wide, on every continent. Proton Energy has also been involved in more than a dozen hydrogen fueling stations currently in operation around the nation, and its commitment to innovation has been recognized with contracts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.

This scholarship is aimed at being a complement to the Hydrogen Education Foundation’s Hydrogen Student Design Contest and the H-Prize, which respectively hold competitions for university-level students and innovators seeking excellence beyond higher education.

Applications are due February 10, 2010 with winners announced on April 15, 2010. More information is available here.