Reliant scholarship awarded to student athlete

November 14, 2008 12:37:17 PM PST
Reliant Energy has awarded $1,000 scholarships to eight Houston-area high school student athletes through its Scholarship for Champions ? Powering Strong Minds and Bodies program. Clear Creek High School's Raquel Kilgore is one of the recipients. Kilgore received a surprise visit from Houston Texans player Tim Bulman and Reliant Energy's Chris Gee. They presented the senior with a $1,000 check. Kilgore will also have an opportunity to participate in a pre-game on-field presentation at a Texans home game this season. The scholarship winners will also be honored at the Houston Texans Draft Luncheon in the spring.

The Scholarship for Champions recipients were selected by Reliant Energy, which teamed up with the Houston Texans to create the scholarship program in 2006. Each student athlete is selected based on leadership, ethics and academic performance. Since the inception of the Scholarship for Champions program, two dozen Houston-area high school student athletes have been awarded $1,000 scholarships.

"Helping students reach their academic goals through sports supports Reliant Energy's caring for our community core value," said Manny Rodriquez, vice president, Reliant Energy Brand and Marketing Services. "The Houston Texans are proud to be a partner in the Scholarship for Champions program. It's important for young people to be rewarded and recognized for excellence not only on the field, but off the field as well," said Janess Sayle, Houston Texans Foundation manager.

Kilgore is a member of the Clear Creek High School varsity track and basketball teams. She participates in the 400 meters and 800 meters and is a member of the cross country team that is ranked eighth in the country. Kilgore is a top javelin thrower, obtaining the rank of No. 1 in the 2008 Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics. She is vice president of CLEAR (Clean Living Environment and Responsibility) and was chosen to attend Girl's State, a summer leadership and citizenship program.

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