Supporting Education

We're breaking down barriers to opportunity by empowering the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators in the communities we serve.


INVESTING IN TOMORROW'S LEADERS

We're working with the communities we serve to make them even better places to work and raise families. One of the ways we do this is by supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives that prepare students for good-paying jobs and provide the technical skills that are highly valued in our business. We support programs for students and teachers at all grade levels.

Increasingly, our employees are seeking volunteer opportunities in which they can leverage their own skills to inspire the next generation of technology-savvy workers. 

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Robotics

Robotics is a major focus of our education philanthropy. In addition to supporting nearly 70 robotics teams across Florida, we also partner with the FIRST organization to sponsor a regional tournament in South Florida as well as a science show for about 52,000 grade school students each year. In addition, the company has donated 130 Solar Education Stations to schools and education centers.

We founded the FIRST Robotics Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship renewable annually up to a maximum of $20,000, to benefit an outstanding student each year who is pursuing a college degree in engineering or information management. 

In addition, FPL helped launch the robotics program for at-risk middle school students through South Florida After-School All-Stars, which celebrates student success and the importance of afterschool programs such as Lights on Afterschool.

In 2016, FPL awarded its inaugural FIRST Robotics Scholarship to an outstanding student from the company’s service area who has participated on a FIRST robotics team for at least two years and has enrolled in a college program in engineering or information management. The $5,000 scholarship is renewable annually up to a maximum of $20,000.

In addition, FPL helped launch the robotics program for at-risk middle school students through South Florida After-School All-Stars, which celebrates student success and the importance of afterschool programs such as Lights on Afterschool.

In 2016, FPL awarded its inaugural FIRST Robotics Scholarship to an outstanding student from the company’s service area who has participated on a FIRST robotics team for at least two years and has enrolled in a college program in engineering or information management. The $5,000 scholarship is renewable annually up to a maximum of $20,000.

In addition, FPL helped launch the robotics program for at-risk middle school students through South Florida After-School All-Stars, which celebrates student success and the importance of afterschool programs such as Lights on Afterschool.

In 2016, FPL awarded its inaugural FIRST Robotics Scholarship to an outstanding student from the company’s service area who has participated on a FIRST robotics team for at least two years and has enrolled in a college program in engineering or information management. The $5,000 scholarship is renewable annually up to a maximum of $20,000.

In addition, FPL helped launch the robotics program for at-risk middle school students through South Florida After-School All-Stars, which celebrates student success and the importance of afterschool programs such as Lights on Afterschool.

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NextEra Wind Energy workshop

In 2017, 100 fourth grade students took a field trip to tour the Ninnescah Wind Energy Center in Pratt County, Kansas. The wind energy center, owned by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, came online in December 2016. Students had the chance to learn about how wind energy works, peek inside a wind turbine and talk to the NextEra Energy Resources employees who run the facility every day.

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Each year, NextEra Energy executives visit William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, to teach graduate-level finance courses to juniors enrolled in the school's Academy of Finance. During the six-month program, the students are coached in presentation and leadership skills in addition to the financial curriculum. The course ends with a competition in which students evaluate the financial feasibility of theoretical wind-driven, electric generating facilities, with each winner receiving a $2,000 college scholarship.

In February 2017, NextEra Energy Resources sponsored a day-long wind energy workshop for 13 science teachers from across the Hinton, Oklahoma, region. The company funded the workshop as well as supplies for the teachers to help incorporate wind energy projects in their classrooms and enhance STEM education for elementary through high school students. The teachers from the Hinton and Hydro school districts participated in classroom discussions, hands-on activities and a tour of a NextEra Energy Resources wind energy center.

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