NEED Student Leadership
The NEED Project recognizes student leadership by awarding the Youth Energy Leadership Award to up to two students each year. Up to two $1,500 awards will be granted for use for college, university or technical school tuition and expenses to deserving students who have demonstrated outstanding energy leadership, knowledge, and an interest in continuing their energy studies for the purpose of seeking a career in energy, STEM, or education. Each year, at least one award will be given to a student who plans to enter the energy field or public service related to energy.
This award is designed to honor students demonstrating effective leadership skills and energy knowledge throughout their association with NEED.
The following are examples of traits the award committee will consider as it chooses recipients of the awards:
- An effective leader who leads by example and is well respected by his or her peers.
- An encouraging facilitator who serves as a team leader.
- A leader who creates excitement and motivates others to accomplish great things.
- A leader who demonstrates energy awareness at home, school and in the community and educates others about energy.
- A student who is knowledgeable about energy and has taken the time to not only be a leader of energy activities but has developed a knowledge base about energy and important energy issues.
- Graduating high school seniors or current first or second year college, university or technical school students.
- A student showing interest in pursuing a career in the energy, STEM or education field.
NEED Leadership Award Application – 2020 application is now closed, 2021 application coming soon.
2020 NEED Student of the Year – Teegan Mathey
NEED is pleased to select Teegan Mathey of Oswego East High School (Oswego, IL) as the 2020 Student of the Year.
Teegan’s personal strengths are as impressive as her intellectual accomplishments. Her caring nature and positive attitude towards others allow her to work well with peers and adults alike. She has been a part of the NEED Youth Energy Conference & Awards staff for the past 3 years and her cheerful presence, creative ideas, and knowledge of energy help make our annual conference and awards event such a success.
For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year, her and fellow AP Environmental Science classmates organized an Earth Week presentation for the Illinois State Science Symposium. From getting community members free energy saving kits, sharing how to upcycle old t-shirts to make dog toys, picking up enough litter to fill over 30 garbage bags and more, she always goes above and beyond with her community service efforts.
Teegan has recently been accepted into the National Honor Society, as well as will start a student internship with the largest electric utility in Illinois, ComEd. She demonstrates the outstanding qualities we look for in our student recipients of this award and we are certain Teegan is going to continue to take on and succeed at all endeavors the future brings her way.
Congratulations to this extraordinary young woman!