UGI Utilities, Inc. and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology awarded the inaugural Richard A. Bouder Memorial Scholarship at the college’s annual Scholarship Dinner on September 13.
Christian Strother, a second-year plumbing major, will receive the scholarship, which will cover his full cost of tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year. Strother is an honor roll student who graduated from Penn Manor High School in Millersville.
The Richard A. Bouder Memorial Scholarship is presented to a Thaddeus Stevens College student from Lancaster County studying welding, plumbing or electrical technology. UGI endowed the scholarship in memory of employee Rick Bouder, who lost his life responding to an incident in Lancaster County in July 2017. UGI employees also have contributed to the Bouder Scholarship.
“We are proud to present the Inaugural Bouder Scholarship to such an outstanding student,” Keith Dorman, UGI vice president of communications and community relations, said. “The Bouder Scholarship ensures that Rick’s memory lives on by helping students receive a quality education providing the skills and experience necessary to successfully pursue a technical career. We are proud to partner with Thaddeus Stevens on this initiative honoring our friend and colleague Rick Bouder.”
Strother expressed gratitude for his selection as the scholarship recipient.
“Receiving the scholarship will relieve a lot of the stress of paying for my education,” he said. “I’m strongly considering using this degree to become a gas utility worker.”
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