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Catherine Hood awarded Entergy Community Power Scholarship 

Hernando resident is among Mississippi’s top high-school graduates 

Catherine Hood of Hernando is among five Mississippi high-school graduates who have received $5,000 scholarships from the Entergy Community Power Scholarship program.

Established for children of Entergy employees, the scholarship program recognizes students for their community service, academic performance, leadership and work experience. Hood is a 2022 graduate of Hernando High School.

“We’re impressed by these individuals’ drive to achieve and how hard they’ve worked to build a promising future while helping build stronger communities,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and chief executive officer. “Community Power Scholarships will help them advance to the next phase of their journey as they continue their education and community involvement.”

Scholarship recipients in Mississippi are:

  • Catherine Hood, daughter of Lloyd Hood Jr., supervisor of utility design. She plans to attend Mississippi State University.
  • Norah Hill, daughter of Aaron Hill, manager of transmission asset management and planning. She plans to attend Mississippi State University and study biological science.
  • Chloe Knippers, daughter of Jason Knippers, supervisor of technical skills training. She plans to study emergency medical service at the University of South Alabama.
  • William Watts, son of William Mark Watts, operator at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. He plans to attend Mississippi State University and study business management.
  • Deanna Wilbourn, daughter of Victoria Wilbourn, nuclear project controls specialist. She plans to major in pre-med at the University of Virginia.

The Entergy Community Power Scholarship program supports the company’s mission to create sustainable value for our customers, employees, communities and owners. Aligning with our business objectives, the scholarship is a fundamental element in developing a pipeline of future talent in our workforce to expand economic development in the region and meet our customers’ needs.

Since 2003, company shareholders have contributed more than $3.2 million to 648 recipients for the one-time scholarship.

Catherine Hood (Courtesy photo)

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