Scholarship for Champions

HOUSTON

– Reliant Energy will award eight $1,000 scholarships to Houston-area high school student athletes by Sept. 7 as part of their Scholarship for Champions – Building Strong Minds and Bodies program.

"We want to provide financial assistance to help capable Houston-area high school students who have shown outstanding leadership in athletics pursue their dreams," said Glen Stancil, Reliant Energy vice president, Houston Residential.* *  

Nominations will be accepted through August 30, 2006, and must be made online (by clicking here) by a teacher, coach or administrator from the student's school. Nominators should be prepared to list examples of how the nominated student athletes have displayed leadership and conducted themselves in an ethical manner. Reliant Energy and the Houston Texans Youth Advisory Council – a group of local community leaders and high school administrators and coaches – will work together during the selection process. Winners will be selected by Sept. 7.

In addition to demonstrating leadership both on and off the playing field or court, winning students also must have solid academic achievement (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and extracurricular pursuits.

"As a graduate of Notre Dame, I know first-hand that a strong education and participation in athletics is a perfect combination for success," said Texans defensive lineman, Anthony Weaver. "I am excited about my association with such a worthy scholarship program."

In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, winners will participate in a pregame on-field presentation at a Texans game and will be honored at the Houston Football Dinner in early 2007, where Houston Texans players, as well as college and high school football players are recognized. The event is sponsored by the Touchdown Club of Houston.

About the Houston Texans Youth Advisory Council:  The mission of the Houston Texans Youth Advisory Council is to help the Houston Texans organization create and maintain the finest youth football outreach and development program in the National Football League.

About Reliant Energy, Inc.:  Reliant Energy, Inc. (NYSE: RRI), based in

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The company is one of the largest independent power producers in the nation with approximately 16,000 megawatts of power generation capacity across the

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