Caithness LI boosts science-focused Island graduates

Center stage: More than $350,000 in college scholarships have been generated by the Caithness Long Island Energy Center.

A progressive energy provider marking a decade of Long Island energy production has provided $25,000 in college scholarships to dozens of graduating Island high schoolers.

A total of 28 seniors graduating this month from Bellport, Longwood Senior and Patchogue-Medford high schools – each with an eye on further science, engineering or environmental studies – benefited from the 12th year of the Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship Program.

The schools are all located near the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350-megawatt combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power generating station in Yaphank that opened in 2009 and currently produces roughly 20 percent of Long Island’s electrical power.

The scholarships were presented at each school’s senior awards ceremony. Winners were chosen by their individual faculties based on academic achievement and “intent to study science, engineering or environmental studies at the college level,” according to Caithness Long Island.

Ross Ain: Happy to help.

Bellport High School recipients of the 2019 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships include Finn Rauch, Henry Chillogallo, Michael Foley, Ivelisse Diaz, Marvina Baslious, Daniel Roach, Anneqa Majid and Gabrielle Tims.

Longwood Senior High School recipients include Atilla Osan, Alexander Miller, Annisha Wazed, Jacob Dannenberg, Patricia Angela Pasana, Riley Dilger, Charles Pierre III, Jeremy Wilder and Brendan Allen.

Patchogue-Medford High School seniors earning Caithness Long Island scholarships include Elizabeth De Martini, Madisen Downs, Ethan Franco, Ryan Harper, Brooke Hauptman, Taylor McNamee, Taylor Moran, Christopher Pierse, Amber Ringle, Luke Thompson and Justin Zhou.

“We at Caithness are pleased to once again provide scholarship assistance to local high school students who have demonstrated their desire and academic achievement,” Caithness Long Island President Ross Ain said in a statement. “We wish the graduates of the Class of 2019 continued academic and personal success as they continue their educational pursuits this fall.”

The Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship Program has now provided financial assistance to 307 students in its 12 years, according to the Yaphank-based subsidiary of New York City-based Caithness Energy, totaling more than $351,000.