News Release
April 14, 2000

DUKE ENERGY ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Eleven daughters and nine sons of Duke Energy employees have been selected to receive the 2000 Duke Energy Scholars Program awards.

Out of the 20 recipients, 15 will receive up to $5,000 per year, for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study at an accredited, two-year technical school or community college and/or four-year college or university in the United States. Five students were selected alternates, receiving one-time $1,000 awards and eligibility to receive a four-year scholarship if any of the full-scholarship recipients decline the award prior to the acceptance deadline.

An independent committee of judges selects recipients annually. The scholarships are merit-based with judges balancing academics and a student essay with personal references, community service and demonstrated financial need. The judges expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to evaluate such an outstanding group of young people, commenting that the caliber of the candidates reflects the high quality of the people at Duke Energy.

Selected as 2000 Duke Energy scholars are:

2000 Duke Energy Scholars Program alternates are:

Each year, graduating high school seniors who are sons or daughters of eligible employees, retirees or deceased employees of Duke Energy and its subsidiaries may apply for the scholarships. Duke Energy’s community relations department received more than 300 requests for applications for the 2000 scholarship competition.

The 2000 scholarship judges were:

Contact: Danny Gibbs
Phone: 704/373-6680
24 Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
Email: dpgibbs@duke-energy.com