Wallingford, Conn. (PRWEB) May 23, 2014
A talented high school senior has won a $100,000 scholarship from the Proton OnSite Scholarship Program and its entrepreneur benefactor Tom Sullivan.
“I laughed with my sisters about how low my chances were of winning this scholarship,” said winner Albert Halbing of Merritt Island, Fla. “This is like a dream come true. It really makes my prom have an entirely different feeling.”
Albert was surprised by a phone call from Sullivan on the morning of April 24th informing him that he’d won the Scholarship prize, while at school at Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High.
Albert was picked by an independent panel of judges to be the clear winner of the 2014 Proton OnSite Scholarship. He was chosen in part for his stellar academic record and his strong extra-curricular record. But his application stood out thanks to his six-year long science fair project on water electrolysis, a technology that Proton OnSite has pioneered for nearly 20 years.
“I would love to pursue a career in energy technology,” added Albert. “With this scholarship, I’m confident I will be able to focus on my education and research, maximizing my potential and future while not having to focus on any student debt.” Albert will be using his prize to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois.
The Proton OnSite Scholarship program, now in its fifth year, looks for the brightest individuals in the country to offer them the financial support they need to gain an undergraduate degree in science and technology.
“Clean energy is critical to the future of our country and our planet. I’m committed to fueling future progress by rewarding future science and technology leaders like Albert,” said Tom Sullivan, founder and chairman for Lumber Liquidators and chairman of Proton OnSite, the global leader in hydrogen gas generation from electrolysis. “Bright young minds like Albert are passionate about finding a cleaner way to produce green energy, and are using their scientific know-how and DIY initiative to make that dream a reality.”
Sullivan has awarded over $2 million to 21 high school students over the past five years through the scholarship program, which is devoted to fueling the next generation of scientific innovation.
Albert Halbing from Merritt Island, Florida
Albert is part of Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High Class of 2014, and was named “most likely to succeed” by his graduating class. He has won numerous state and national high school science and technology awards, including ‘Best in Show’ at the 2013 Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Albert has also competed and volunteered at the national First Robotics Competition. This fall, he will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.
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 information visit http://www.protononsite.com.