Kentucky American Water Announces 2022 Ripple Effect Scholarship Recipients

Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to three Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the 20th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2022 recipients are Sophie Agbekpenou from Lafayette High School and Emily Marshall and McKenna Sun from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Each student receives a $1,000 award from the company for use at an institution of higher education.

This year’s Ripple Effect Scholarship recipients have demonstrated a commitment to their communities and environmental stewardship through activities such as organizing an environmental fair, leading park clean-up efforts, creating sustainability-related educational materials, establishing a National Green Schools Society chapter and leading an effort to obtain solar-fueled benches for area schools.

“Students who are awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships excel in the classroom while also giving back to their schools and the larger community by leading projects that help protect the environment for future generations,” said Kathryn Nash, president of Kentucky American Water. “As a utility that works with a precious natural resource every day, we are grateful for the solid example of environmental stewardship that these young people are setting for their fellow students and the larger community. Their actions are truly making a difference and inspiring others to be good stewards of the environment, too. We are pleased to recognize them through this award.”

Kentucky American Water established the Ripple Effect Scholarship program in 2002. High school seniors in the company’s 14-county service area are eligible to apply. Since 2002, the company has awarded a total of $66,000 in scholarship funds to nearly 118 Kentucky students.


Kentucky American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately half a million people. For more information, visit and follow Kentucky American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

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