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The application period for Idaho National Laboratory’s Bright Future in Energy Scholarship is open, leaving $25,000 in scholarship funds available for 11th and 12th grade students across the state.

A total of $25,000 is up for grabs from Idaho National Laboratory for high school students competingfor inthe lab’s Bright Future in Energy Scholarship Competition.

The lab announced in a Tuesday news release that Battelle Energy Alliance, which manages the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy, is opening the competition and providing funding for the scholarship.

The total amount of award money to be given out this year has increased from last year, which provided more than $6,000 to winners in Idaho Falls and Meridian, the news release said.

Scholarships will be givento 11th and 12thgrade students who are interested in pursuing a college or university education focused on energy, the environment or protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. INL expects to award $25,000 in scholarships to multiple winners and runners-up.

Participating students will research one of five energy-related prompts and prepare a presentation they will give virtually to a panel of INL judges from April 25-29. One examplepromptis “How do the actual risks and benefits of nuclear energy compare with other existing energy technologies and those that will be part of the world’s Net-Zero future?”

Students can submit their application on the lab’s website at inl.gov/inl-initiatives/partnering-with-inl/k-12-stem/bright-future-in-nuclear-scholarship-competition/by April 20. The lab’s K-12 team will contact students withnextsteps.

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