NYPA Honors Inaugural Winners Of
May 22, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Tuesday honored the two winners of the first Niagara Power Project
Relicensing Scholarships for Members of the Tuscarora Nation. NYPA
Chairman Frank S. McCullough, Jr. presented award of scholarship
certificates to Brooke Patterson and Nicholas Smiedala, both of the
Turtle Clan, at Tuesday’s meeting of the NYPA Board of Trustees
here, as families of the two scholarship winners looked on.
“The future of our state and the Tuscarora Nation
is in the hands of outstanding students like Brooke and Nicholas,
and these scholarships will help provide the education they need to
make sure that future is as bright as they are,” said Chairman
McCullough. “We congratulate them on their hard work and their
families for encouraging them.”
The Power Authority will provide two scholarships
annually—both for academic excellence and community service—under a
settlement agreement with the Tuscarora Nation for the relicensing
of the Niagara project.
These full-tuition scholarships, to any school in
the State University of New York system, were awarded on May 17 by
the Tuscarora Scholarship Committee.
Patterson graduated from Niagara Wheatfield High
School in 2001. Smiedala will be graduating from Niagara Wheatfield
this year. Both will attend Niagara County Community College.
Patterson wants to study radiology inspired by her
mother, who died of cancer on March 25. Her mother had encouraged
her to apply for the scholarship. Patterson’s community project
involves working with the Community Health Workers Program, a health
by making deliveries from the clinic to the
community. She was accompanied to the ceremony by her father,
Leander “Rusty” Patterson, Jr., and her grandmothers, Kay Brayley
and Judy Patterson.
Smiedala will major in digital media. His
community project will involve developing a web page and brochures
for the Nation. Smiedala was raised by his mom, Cathy Vail, who
joined him at the ceremony.
Patterson and Smiedala were escorted to the
ceremony by Jamie Gilbert, the Native American Coordinator at
Niagara Wheatfield High School.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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