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Duke Energy Announces Academic Scholars for 2009 May 18, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Duke Energy announced today that 20 children of company employees have been selected to receive 2009 Duke Energy Foundation scholarships.

Fifteen recipients will receive up to $5,000 per year for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. Five students were named alternates and will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.

Scholarship recipients must be graduating high school/secondary school seniors and are chosen annually by an independent committee of judges. The committee reviews and selects applicants based on their performance in academics, leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors and awards, work experience and financial need.

"The Duke Energy scholarship program salutes the achievements of these talented students, while supporting the efforts of our invaluable employees and retirees," said Stick Williams, president, Duke Energy Foundation.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Elizabeth Abbott of Vevay, Ind. – a student at Switzerland County High School in Vevay, she is the daughter of Timothy Abbott.

Michael Ross Baker II of Rock Hill, S.C. – a student at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, he is the son of Michael Baker.

Kevin Baughman of Charlotte, N.C. – a student at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, he is the son of Mitch Baughman.

Holly Beckemeyer of Cincinnati, Ohio – a student at Oaks Hills High School in Cincinnati, she is the daughter of Gary Beckemeyer.

Elena Botella of Charlotte, N.C. – a student at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, she is the daughter of Francisco Botella.

Ethan Cansler of Franklin, N.C. – a student at Franklin High School in Franklin, he is the son of John Cansler.

Ariel Dixon of Concord, N.C. – a student at Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, she is the daughter of Scott Dixon.

Ashley Hite of Cincinnati, Ohio – a student at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, she is the daughter of Robert Hite.

Heather Holden of Mooresville, N.C. – a student at Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, she is the daughter of Dale Holden.

Alanda Parker of Seneca, S.C. – a student at Seneca High School in Seneca, she is the daughter of Michael W. Parker.

Evan Phillips of Charlotte, N.C. – a student at David W. Butler High School in Matthews, he is the son of Kim Phillips.

Thomas Reburn of Rock Hill, S.C. – a student at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, he is the son of William Reburn.

Ryan Sawyer of Marietta, Ohio – a student at Marietta Senior High School in Marietta, he is the son of Raymond Sawyer.

Natalie Thomas of Kernersville, N.C. – a home schooled student, she is the daughter of Scott Thomas.

Caroline Wise of Lakeside Park, Ky. – a student at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, she is the daughter of Henry Wise.

Alternates

Matthew Hill of Charlotte, N.C. – a student at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, he is the son of Brett Hill

Rachael House of Aurora, Ind. – a student at South Dearborn High School in Aurora, she is the daughter of Mark House.

Laney Oaks of Newton, N.C. – a student at Bandys High School in Catawba, she is the daughter of Stephen Oaks.

Scott Plybon of Kernersville, N.C. – a student at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, he is the son of James Plybon.

Heather Wright of Seneca, S.C. – a student at Seneca High School in Seneca, she is the daughter of Richard Wright.

Duke Energy is the third largest electric power holding company in the United States, based on kilowatt-hour sales. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 4 million customers located in five states -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky -- representing a population of approximately 11 million people. Duke Energy’s commercial power and international business segments operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.


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