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CenterPoint Energy Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Center Point Energy Scholarship was established to assist dependents of employees who plan to continue their education in college or vocational programs. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership experiences and extra-curricular activities.

This scholarship is paid for by the Chairman’s Scholarship Foundation.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the CenterPoint Energy Scholarship Program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be dependent* children, age 25 and under**, of CenterPoint Energy employees (active, retired, disabled, deceased while in service, or an LTD recipient) who have a minimum of one year of employment with the company by January 1 of 2024. The student must be age 25 or less at the starting date of any semester under this scholarship.
    *Dependent children are children or legal dependents who qualify as federal tax exemptions to the employee. 
    **Students who plan to pursue or continue a graduate degree must meet the age eligibility requirement.
  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates, or graduate students who plan to enroll/continue in full-time study toward a four-year, associate’s or technical degree or completion of a recognized course of study at an academically accredited institution.
    *Full-time is defined as at least 12 credit hours each semester and 24 credit hours in an academic year, or the equivalent (in the event the institution uses a different measure of academic credit).
  • High school seniors, and first and second year undergraduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
  • Third and fourth year undergraduates, and graduate level students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
  • Dependents of CNP officers are not eligible to apply.


Eight (8) students will be selected as scholarship recipients. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,000 award.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional consecutive years. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance per semester, as defined in the initial application grade point eligibility requirements, and the student remaining age 25 and under. Recipients must respond to and complete Scholarship America’s required renewal steps each year to continue receiving the award.

Students receiving a CenterPoint Energy Scholarship are not eligible to receive a Chairman’s Scholarship Fund during the same academic year.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities over the past four years
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of CenterPoint Energy play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in April.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of CenterPoint Energy. Payment is made in August. Payments are made payable to the postsecondary institution and mailed directly to the applicant to the home address listed on the application.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
    • High school seniors and graduates must submit an official high school transcript of grades.
    • Students currently or previously enrolled in college or vocational-technical school must include all transcripts from each school attended.

      NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 6, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

While your application will be reviewed, it is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically by the deadline.

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