SJI’s Employee Resource Group Awards $45,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

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FOLSOM, NJ, May 28, 2024 – SJI is proud to share that its Employee Resource Group, the South Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE-SJC), has awarded $45,000 to high school seniors and current undergraduates passionate about science, technology, engineering, math or related fields.

AABE-SJC honored its scholarship recipients at the Chapter’s 11th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The Chapter awarded $34,000 in scholarship funds to eight high school seniors planning to continue their education this fall. In addition, the AABE-SJC also awarded $1,000 stipends to 11 current college students, all of whom are previous scholarship winners.

“The South Jersey Chapter of AABE works tirelessly to provide students with opportunities that help advance their educational and professional aspirations. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished as an organization this year and look forward to providing our local youth and communities with further support in the coming years,” said Lisa Cottman, president of AABE-SJC and senior talent program specialist for SJI.

The American Association of Blacks in Energy is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensuring African Americans and other minorities have input into developing energy policy regulations, research & development technologies and environmental issues. The South Jersey Chapter of AABE comprises nearly 65 active members and focuses on scholarships, mentoring, educational awareness, community service and networking.

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South Jersey Industries (SJI), an energy infrastructure holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to customers through two primary subsidiaries:  SJI Utilities (SJIU) and SJI Renewable Energy Ventures.  SJIU houses the company’s regulated natural gas utility operations, delivering safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to more than 725,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across New Jersey via its South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas subsidiaries. SJI Renewable Energy Ventures, a non-utility subsidiary of SJI, specializes in the ownership, development, construction, and operation of diverse renewable energy projects. These projects include the development of solar, fuel cell, and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) sourced from a variety of feedstocks including dairy manure, landfill gas, and organic food waste. With a robust portfolio and pipeline of future projects, SJI Renewable Energy Ventures is positioned to be a national leader in advancing sustainable energy solutions. Visit for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries.

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