2023 AMP Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Committee of the American Municipal Power (AMP) Board of Trustees is calling
for nominations for scholarships awarded in honor of Lyle B. Wright and Richard H. Gorsuch,
distinguished leaders in public power history.
There are up to five, one-time Lyle B. Wright Scholarship and up to five, one-time Richard H.
Gorsuch Scholarship awards of $3,000 each. Catawissa Borough will work closely with high school guidance
counselors when selecting nominees.

Nominations must be submitted to AMP by Catawissa Borough
electric utility or joint action agency representative on or before Dec. 13, 2022.

RICHARD H. GORSUCH 2023 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Rules and Eligibility Requirements
The following provisions will govern the acceptance of a nominee:

  1. Nominee must be a student whose parent or guardian is an employee of AMP or an AMP
    member. If the parent or guardian is an employee of an AMP member, that parent or guardian
    must:
    a. Work directly for, or provide management or leadership of, the electric utility, electric
    utility department, or joint action agency; or
    b. Spend at least 30% of their time directly supporting electric utility operations.
  2. Nominee must be a graduating senior who has met all the basic requirements for college or
    technical school entrance and has a cumulative, unweighted grade-point average of 3.0 or
    better on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Prior to receiving an AMP scholarship check, scholarship recipients must offer proof of
    enrollment at an accredited college, university or technical school for the next fall semester or
    quarter, unless an extension of time is granted. A time extension will be granted only if “just
    cause” is determined. In the event that a student is unable to fulfill his or her enrollment
    obligations under this program, the award is forfeited and may be reassigned to another
    nominee by the AMP President/CEO. A check for the award will be written jointly to the
    recipient and the post-secondary school, or as a circumstance dictates.
  4. Completed nomination forms must be completed by the member electric utility or joint action
    agency and must be received on or before Dec. 13, 2022.
  5. A high school transcript, showing the nominee’s cumulative grade-point average on an
    unweighted 4.0 scale for six semesters, must be received via email, fax or mail on or before
    Dec. 13, 2022.
  6. There shall be no more than one Gorsuch nominee per AMP member.

LYLE B. WRIGHT 2023 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Rules and Eligibility Requirements
The following provisions will govern the acceptance of a nominee:

  1. Nominee must be a student whose household (the student currently resides in) receives
    electricity from an AMP member community.
  2. A student is not eligible if they or a parent or guardian is an employee of AMP or an AMP
    member who:
    a. Works directly for, or provides management or leadership of, the electric utility,
    electric utility department, or joint action agency; or
    b. Spends at least 30% of their time directly supporting electric utility operations.
  3. Nominee must be a graduating senior who has met all the basic requirements for college
    or technical school entrance and has a cumulative, unweighted grade-point average of 3.0
    or better on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Prior to receiving an AMP scholarship check, scholarship recipients must offer proof of
    enrollment at an accredited college, university or technical school for the next fall semester
    or quarter, unless an extension of time is granted. A time extension will be granted only if
    “just cause” is determined. In the event that a student is unable to fulfill his or her
    enrollment obligations under this program, the award is forfeited and may be reassigned
    to another nominee by the AMP President/CEO. A check for the award will be written
    jointly to the recipient and the post-secondary school, or as a circumstance dictates.
  5. Completed nomination forms (completed by the member electric utility or joint action
    agency) must be received on or before Dec. 13, 2022.
  6. A high school transcript, showing the nominee’s cumulative grade-point average on an
    unweighted 4.0 scale for six semesters, must be received via email, fax or mail on or
    before Dec. 13, 2022.
  7. There shall be no more than one Wright nominee per AMP member.

RICHARD H. GORSUCH
Richard H. Gorsuch was president of American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) from 1983 until his
death in 1987. AMP is the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 133
members, including 132 member municipal electric systems in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland,
Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia; as well as the Delaware Municipal
Electric Corporation, a joint action agency with eight members headquartered in Smyrna,
Delaware. Combined these public utilities serve approximately 650,000 customers.
When Gorsuch joined AMP in 1983, the organization had only recently expanded its trade
association status to encompass power purchase and transmission services. Under his
leadership, the organization went from 46 to 75 members, increased power sales from $25 million
to $85 million annually, expanded its services to member communities and increased public
power activity in the legislative process.
Perhaps the biggest contribution of Gorsuch’s leadership was his dream that Ohio’s municipal
electric communities could one day be joint owners of an electric generating plant. This dream
became a reality when the Richard H. Gorsuch Generating Station was dedicated in his memory
on Nov. 16, 1988.
Gorsuch also served as chief operating officer of the Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA).
The OMEA, which was AMP’s predecessor, now serves as AMP’s legislative liaison. One of
Gorsuch’s greatest accomplishments in this capacity was to organize and lead a team to introduce
joint action legislation in the Ohio General Assembly. By spearheading this project, Gorsuch
provided substantial guidance to AMP and its community officials in drumming up grassroots
support for municipal power issues.
On the national front, Gorsuch was a member of the American Public Power Association Advisory
Council.

LYLE B. WRIGHT
Lyle B. Wright was a strong public power advocate on both state and local levels.
Wright began his career in public power in 1955 as the business manager of Bowling Green
Municipal Utilities, eventually becoming the city’s director of utilities. His accomplishments in
Bowling Green include directing development of a $26 million wastewater treatment facility,
working on a multimillion-dollar sewer improvement plan and directing construction of two 1.5-
million-gallon water towers.
Wright also was active in Ohio’s statewide public power organizations. He served on the boards
of both American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) and the Ohio Municipal Electric Association
(OMEA). AMP is the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 133 members,
including 132 member municipal electric systems in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia; as well as the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation,
a joint action agency with eight members headquartered in Smyrna, Delaware. Combined these
public utilities serve approximately 650,000 customers. The OMEA, which was AMP’s
predecessor, now serves as AMP’s legislative liaison.
Wright was a member of the OMEA and AMP boards from 1979 to 1986, serving as president of
the OMEA board from 1981 to 1982. He became secretary of the AMP board in 1983 and served
in that position until his death in 1986. Wright was chairman of AMP’s policy committee and of the
rate group representing public power communities in the Toledo Edison service area. In 1983, he
received AMP’s Distinguished Service Award.

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