Last Call: One Month Until Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program Deadline

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Contest challenges applicants to use hydrogen to solve a real-world situation; winner to receive a $100,000 scholarship or a $50,000 business grant.

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This year, we’re building on this legacy by challenging applicants – regardless of college enrollment status – to apply science and technology in a way that solves a real-world problem.

Science and technology students, innovators and entrepreneurs have until Feb. 15 to vie for a scholarship or business grant from the Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program. The newly restructured program from Proton OnSite, a global onsite gas generation leader, now features a hydrogen contest component and broader entry requirements. High school seniors, college students and adult innovators compete to receive either a $100,000 college scholarship or $50,000 to develop their idea via business venture.

“In the program’s past four years, we’ve recognized future science and technology leaders by awarding $100,000 college scholarships to 17 high school seniors,” says Tom Sullivan, founder of Lumber Liquidators, owner of Proton OnSite and benefactor of the Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program. “This year, we’re building on this legacy by challenging applicants – regardless of college enrollment status – to apply science and technology in a way that solves a real-world problem.”

Open to U.S. citizens, the program recognizes individuals who have the passion, drive, curiosity and DIY initiative to meet a real need using hydrogen power. The program asks applicants to find new and creative ways for generating and/or using hydrogen powered by renewable and sustainable energy sources such as sun or water. Applicants must submit the following by the program’s Feb. 15 deadline:

  • Program application (online and paper)
  • Three recommendations
  • Documentation verifying year of school (for students applying for the college scholarship)
  • A complete, detailed, hard-copy presentation document (20 pages or less) covering the concept, plan and development process for the idea, explaining how it would solve a real-world problem
  • A five- to 10-minute minute video presentation of the concept and/or prototype

Finalists are evaluated on the basis of the application’s strength; the ability, promise, presentation and thoroughness of the idea; and their demonstrated leadership, work ethic and community involvement. For more information or to apply, visit

About Tom Sullivan
Tom Sullivan is a successful entrepreneur who founded Lumber Liquidators, North America’s largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, and SunHydro, the world's first chain of privately funded fueling stations that provide hydrogen to fuel cell cars. Sullivan also is the owner of Proton OnSite, the world’s leading supplier of on-site gas generators utilizing proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology.

About Proton OnSite
Proton OnSite is a global leader in the design and manufacture of hydrogen energy and innovative gas solutions. Since 1996, it has been developing and applying hydrogen technology in creative and practical ways that best meet the diverse requirements of its customers. More recently, it has expanded its product offerings to include nitrogen, air and oxygen generators. It has also expanded its services to include packaged solutions incorporating tanks, compressors and other ancillary equipment. Its advanced proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis systems coupled with its uncompromising attention to excellence and quality enables Proton OnSite to deliver, install and support gas generation units on every continent. For more, visit

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