Students Honored by Reliant and Houston Texans as 2016 “Scholarship for Champions” Winners

he 11th annual Scholarship for Champions program from Reliant and the Houston Texans culminated in an on-field ceremony at NRG Stadium on December 18th, recognizing Houston-area high school students for leadership and dedication in academics, athletics and citizenship. Balancing community service, sports and the demands of the classroom, these exceptional students tackle hard work and busy schedules to reach their dreams.

“Today we congratulate our 2016 honorees and look forward to seeing the amazing impact that they will have on our community and well beyond.”

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Created from a partnership between Reliant and the Texans, the Scholarship for Champions program awards each recipient a $5,000 college scholarship. All winners play on varsity teams, maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and plan to pursue a college degree.

“The 2016 students selected for our annual Scholarship for Champions program admirably demonstrate the ability to balance school, sports and community leadership, and several have also overcome significant challenges as well. Their endurance and success is remarkable and I hope the scholarships the Texans and Reliant provide them will serve as a springboard for an even brighter future,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant and NRG Retail.

“We are proud to be working with our friends at Reliant to develop our next generation of leaders through Scholarship for Champions,” said Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes. “Today we congratulate our 2016 honorees and look forward to seeing the amazing impact that they will have on our community and well beyond.”

Teachers, coaches and mentors nominate students in their high schools, and from that pool an independent judging panel selects the recipients. Reliant and the Texans surprise each student at his or her school during a student assembly, presenting them with a scholarship check. Since its inception in 2005, the Scholarship for Champions program has awarded more than $400,000 to 80 students from the greater Houston area.

The 2016 winning students are:

  • Taten Blue – Stafford High School
  • Ahmed Eisa – Sharpstown High School
  • Christine Henderson – Home schooler
  • Justin Herbert – Hempstead High School
  • Yu (Leon) Liu – Magnolia West High School
  • Evan Loyka – Kingwood High School
  • Avery Sheldon – Humble High School
  • Dav’ion Zeno – Heights High School

For more information about Scholarship for Champions, visit

About Reliant, an NRG company

Reliant brings electricity, smart energy solutions and energy services to business and residential customers across Texas. Reliant is part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 200 company that is at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Backed by a diverse portfolio of nearly 140 power generating facilities that can support millions of homes and businesses nationwide, NRG’s retail companies, including Reliant, deliver electricity and home security services and serve almost 3 million customers in 10 states and the District of Columbia. NRG retail brands collectively are the largest providers of electricity in Texas. For more information about Reliant products and services, please visit and connect with Reliant on Facebook at and Twitter @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.


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