2023 PSGC Scholarship Recipients

On August 2, Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC) awarded seven students with $1,000 scholarships through the annual PSGC Scholarship Program.

The PSGC Scholarship Program has awarded $52,000 in scholarships since its inception in 2015, with the goal of encouraging employees’ children and grandchildren to pursue their career goals through higher education. All applicants are anonymously evaluated by a panel of judges based on academic achievement, work ethic, community service, extracurricular involvement, and career goals.

Pictured above (left to right): Randy Short, President & CEO of PSGC, Hannah Miller, Jared Juenger, Alexia McGuire, and Maci Johns. Not pictured: Eli Sieberg, Brooke Luechtefeld, and Elseah Congiardo.

Congratulations to this year’s PSGC scholars and their families!

More About the 2023 PSGC Scholars

Hannah Miller is the daughter of Travis and DeeAnna Miller of Okawville. She will attend Missouri State University this fall to study nursing. Hannah served as the President of her high school class, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Drama Club. She also served as the Spanish Club Vice President, and the Yearbook Co-Business Manager. In addition, Hannah was involved in the school newspaper, National Honor Society, Student Leadership Team, Mu Alpha Theta, Quill & Scroll, Science Club, and ACES. She participated in volleyball, cross country, and track. Hannah volunteered at the Special Olympics, a local food pantry, and vacation bible school. She also mentored younger students and put together food baskets for families in need.

Jared Juenger is the son of Scott and Jamie Juenger of Okawville. He will be a freshman at Murray State University this fall, where he will study elementary education. Jared was the President of Student Council, and he served as Vice President of his high school class, Drama Club, and Tri-M. He was the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the school newspaper, the Spanish Club Secretary, and a student section leader. Jared was also involved in the Academic Challenge Team, band, pep band, Drama Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, IHSA Journalism (state qualifier), Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Quill & Scroll, Science Club, Senior Slideshow, and Student Leadership Team. He participated in baseball, basketball, and cross country. Jared also volunteered with the Community Club, Lion’s Club, Senior Center, and Special Olympics.

Alexia McGuire is the daughter of Andrea McGuire of Mt. Vernon. She will be entering her sophomore year at Rend Lake College this fall, where she studies pre-med and biological sciences. Alexia volunteers with the Elks and other local organizations to assist with blood drives, toy drives, food drives, and soup kitchens. Alexia is a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Maci Johns is the daughter of Josh Johns and Brandi Johns of Marion. She will soon be studying elementary education at John A. Logan College. In high school, Maci was the Art Club President, and she participated in Business Club, Educators Rising Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper Club, Yearbook Club, and cheerleading. Maci volunteers at her church, Johnston City High School agility camp, and Special Olympics.

Eli Sieberg is the son of Phillip and Abby Sieberg of Sparta. Eli plans to study structural and pipe welding at Missouri Welding Institute this fall. Through high school, Eli has taken dual credit classes through Southwestern Illinois College. He is involved in Scouts BSA, Order of the Arrow, FFA, and Skills USA.

Brooke Luechtefeld is the daughter of Angie and Tom Luechtefeld of Mascoutah. She will soon begin her freshman year studying radiologic sciences at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Brooke has been involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. Brooke also volunteers with the ALS Association, Special Olympics polar plunge, Silk Purse, and the Effingham Humane Society.

Elseah Congiardo is the daughter of Brian and Jodi Congiardo of Chester. She will be entering her senior year at Gibault Catholic High School this fall, with plans to study psychology or art therapy. Elseah is involved in National Honor Society, International Club, Hope for Tomorrow Club, Critique Club, Young Women Professionals Club, and Medical Explorers Club. Elseah also volunteers to prepare, serve, and clean up meals for the SMS lunch program.