Surprise of a Lifetime
For the second year in a row, FPL awarded a $20,000 robotics scholarship to a deserving high school senior. This year’s winner was 17-year-old Titusville High School student Morgan Benson, who was surprised with the news of her win at school on May 22.
Morgan will be attending John Hopkins University in Baltimore where she will be pursuing a career in chemical and bimolecular engineering. She is the first female to receive the scholarship.
Robotics has always been a big part of Morgan’s life. Her father is an aerospace engineer for NASA and started a FIRST robotics team in 2004. From the age of five, Morgan spent time with robotics teams and, on entering the ninth grade, joined the Titusville High School robotics team, which incorporated her passions for math and science.
2017 FPL FIRST Robotics scholarship winner, Morgan Benson, in Juno Beach, Fla. on May 21, 2017.
The scholarship is just another way that we’re showing our commitment to driving engagement for students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and supporting robotics programs. These programs can break down barriers for groups, including women, which have been underrepresented in technical fields like engineering and computer science. Across the state, we sponsor 70 robotics teams, in addition to sponsoring the annual South Florida FIRST regional competition, which was held in West Palm Beach in March.
Morgan’s scholarship was made possible through our charitable foundation, the NextEra Energy Foundation, which will provide her with $5,000 a year, up to $20,000 towards her education. She hopes to make a difference in the world in either the sustainability or medical field.