Greene County resident Myles Cramer is the recipient of CCJ’s Solar Festival Scholarship

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In planning our first Solar Festival, The Center for Coalfield Justice has gone through a scholarship process with the intention of investing in young people’s interest in renewable energy here in Greene County. Applicants were asked to submit a 250 word essay on an issue of their choice around the topic of renewable energy. 

After careful consideration, the recipient of this year's scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is Greene County resident Myles Cramer. Myles is a graduate of Waynesburg Central High School and is currently a sophomore at Penn State University (University Park). The topic of Myles’ essay was “Renewable Energy in Developing Countries”. According to Myles’ research, “Current rates of fossil fuel consumption are unsustainable and do not take into account over 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and 350 million people in Asia without reliable access to electricity.” Myles looked at Kenya’s current system, which “exemplifies how developing countries can utilize affordable renewable energy.” 

Myles is pursuing concurrent majors in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He is a trip leader for the Penn State Alternative Service Breaks Program, enjoys volunteering with the Office of Science Outreach, and works as a Guided Study Group Leader for Calculus. Last year, he received the President’s Freshman Award for academic excellence. Myles hopes to one day work for an educational nonprofit that supports students from high-need communities.

For more information about Myles’ research, or our scholarship program, you can contact Heaven Sensky at heaven@coalfieldjustice.org or 724-229-3550 Ext. 103.