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SOLV Energy believes that a brighter future begins with greater education and is proud to invest in opportunities to help build the next generation of climate and energy leaders.

The PowerUp! Renewable Energy Scholarship will reward 6 high school seniors across the United States with a $1,500 scholarship to use towards their future education. In their applications, students will demonstrate how they plan to use their education to achieve a goal we share: to create a more sustainable planet.

SOLV Energy has partnered with SEI to review applications and select winners. Meet our panel of PowerUp! Scholarship judges.

Kelly Simpson | Director of Talent Development, SOLV Energy

Kelly has worked at SOLV Energy for 7.5 years and is currently the Director of Talent Development. Leading SOLV Energy’s Talent Development program, Kelly helps employees build on existing skills while identifying new opportunities for growth and development. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University. The best career advice that Kelly has received is to “venture outside of your comfort zone, because that’s where you really grow.”

Linda Drews | Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner, SOLV Energy

Linda is a Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner at SOLV Energy. Linda attended Madison Area Technical College for Human Services and is currently earning a Human Resource Certificate from San Diego State University. In Linda’s 2 years at SOLV Energy, she has been part of the employee-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion council, Resolve, and is currently a Good Energy Ally, working closely with SOLV Energy’s Community Relations team to increase outreach in the communities we work and live in. The best career advice Linda has received is “don’t look back at where you have been, look forward to what is ahead of you.”

Sean Begay | Assistant Project Manager, SOLV Energy

Sean is an Assistant Project Manager at SOLV Energy. He is responsible for assisting in the day to day administration of the construction project, including the supervision of the project engineer and clerical staff, maintaining cost control, preparation of billings, negotiating subcontract change orders, reviewing potential contract changes, estimating and negotiating the owner change orders as needed, maintaining project schedule and communicating with the owners’ representatives.

Corey Robinson | Project Coordinator for Education Programs, SEI

Corey is a Project Coordinator and has been at SEI for over 1 year. As a member of the Energize Schools team, Corey supports SEI’s myriad K-12 programs. Corey’s work includes collaborating deeply with SFUSD CTE educators, reducing waste and bolstering environmental stewardship in Marin Schools through the Zero Waste Schools Program, helping to launch a Safe Routes to School pilot program [focused on active transportation education and advocacy], mentoring Climate Corps Fellows, and supporting with all aspects of program development at SEI. Corey has a B.A. in Health and Societies and a Sociology Minor from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University. The best career advice Corey has received is to remember that "good enough is good enough. It is important to let go of perfectionism and embrace proficiency/completeness. In doing so, energy can be directed to fulfill other areas of priority.”

Aneri Rodriguez | Associate Program Manager for Education Programs, SEI

Aneri is an Associate Program Manager at SEI. In her role, Aneri helps manage SEI’s Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) program. The CCEO program advances science education and environmental literacy in public elementary schools around the Bay Area by providing partner schools with a dedicated AmeriCorps Fellow who leads instruction, stewards the outdoor classroom, and transforms schools into more sustainable communities. Additionally, Aneri helps lead the two air quality challenges that SEI’s Energize Schools program facilitates for middle and high school students throughout California. Aneri has a B.A. in Political Science- Public Policy and Master of Education. The best career advice Aneri has received is “to do what makes you happy.”

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