Caithness Awards $25K in Scholarships to 26 L.I. High School Seniors

 More than $425,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 387 graduates from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford high schools since 2007 —

YAPHANK, NY — July 26, 2022 — As part of its longstanding commitment to supporting local high school students who plan on studying science, engineering, or the environment at the college or university level, Caithness Long Island, LLC recently awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 26 seniors graduating from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford high schools. According to Ross D. Ain, President, Caithness Long Island, LLC, the company has provided more than $425,000 in financial assistance to 387 college-bound high school graduates through the Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship program since its inception in 2007. The three high schools are near the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power-generating station in Yaphank.

Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievements, with recipients selected by their schools’ respective faculty and administrations.

“Caithness is again pleased to be able to support the next generation engineers or scientists who will be tasked with tackling many of today’s most complex challenges in climate change, energy production, the environmental and other fields that affect the planet,” said Mr. Ain. “We wish the entire class of 2022 all the very best as they embark on their post-high school endeavors, in the workplace, a trade school, or at the college and university level.”

The 2022 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship recipients from Bellport High School’s Class of 2022 are Kyle Varuolo, Jamie Nobile, Harrison Day, Heather Sponton, Daniel Reilly, Tyler Krompier, Rianna Raghunandan, and Violet Gordon.

Longwood High School seniors receiving scholarships are Ryan Marquez, Mia Wattley, Shafayat Alam, Jabali Zoia, James Foster, Joseph Seibor, Anthony Agnello, Dwayne Lewis, and Stephanie Sentochnik.

Graduating seniors receiving this year’s scholarships from Patchogue-Medford High School are Samantha Horrigan, Maya Marques Sturm, Mackenzie Carita, Erik Astudillo, Katerina Foltmann, Giavanna Tursi, Jack Schaffer, Joseph Mazzei III, and Rudra Patel.

Caithness’s commitment to education extends beyond the annual scholarship program. It offers internships, job-shadowing programs, and plant tours that teach local students about power-generation technology and its relationship to the environment, which allows them to consider careers in the energy and related fields. Caithness also supports several environmental organizations, nonprofit groups, and community-based activities throughout the Town of Brookhaven and across Long Island.

Since commencing commercial operations in August 2009, the Caithness Long Island Energy Center remains the region’s cleanest, most energy-efficient, and water-conserving power-generating plant, helping to decrease the region’s carbon footprint. Utilizing highly efficient combined-cycle generating technology and operating primarily on natural gas, the plant produces energy more efficiently than any other facility of its kind on Long Island. In addition, it operates cleaner than the older, inefficient power-generating units currently operating in Nassau and Suffolk counties while generating more than 26 percent of Long Island’s power. As a result, Caithness plays a critical part in helping to achieve New York State’s goal of a 40-percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2030.

About Caithness Long Island, LLC
Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 30 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information is available at

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Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.

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