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NRG Exceeds $1 Million in Cosgrove Scholarships Awarded


2016 Winning High School Seniors Are Awarded Up To $240,000 Total for Academic and
Civic Accomplishments

PRINCETON, N.J. – June 29, 2016 – NRG Energy today announced the winners of its sixthannual Howard E. Cosgrove Academic Scholarship. Since its inception in 2011, twenty five students have been awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. This year, four winnerswere selected due to their overwhelming accomplishments as high school students.

"Each Cosgrove Scholarship winner is a role model in their community for their dedication toacademics and their commitment to volunteerism," said Jennifer Wallace, SVP,Administration, who oversees the program at NRG. "NRG is proud to invest in America'sfuture leaders by awarding this scholarship to these exemplary students."

The competitive scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors who have a parentworking as a full time employee at NRG. This year's winners hail from California, NewJersey, Texas and Virginia. The scholarship, which is named after NRG's Chairman of theBoard, Howard Cosgrove, is awarded based on merit and selections are made by anindependent committee. Each winner will be awarded $15,000 per year, with a total of up to$60,000, to complete their undergraduate degrees, subject to certain academicrequirements.

The 2016 NRG Cosgrove Scholarship recipients are:
 Travis Chan of Skillman, New Jersey
 Laetitia Coustar of Los Angeles, California
 Callan Cramer of McLean, Virginia
 Cameron Egger of Needville, Texas

About NRG
NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of thenation's largest and most diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retailelectricity platform. A Fortune 200 company, NRG creates value through best in classoperations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residentialand commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers, large and small, wecontinually innovate, embrace and implement sustainable solutions for producing andmanaging energy. We aim to be pioneers in developing smarter energy choices anddelivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 millionresidential and commercial customers throughout the country. More information is availableat www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@nrgenergy.


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