|Atmos Energy Louisiana Division Vice President of Marketing Frank Marino, left, hands a donation check to RPCC Chancellor Joe Ben Welch, right. Atmos Energy donated $5,000 to the RPCC Foundation to fund student tuition scholarships or other worthwhile projects.
|Steven W. Johnston
Atmos Energy Corporation has donated $5,000 to the River Parishes Community College Foundation to be used for student scholarships and other educational endeavors. Frank Marino, Louisiana Division vice president of marketing for Atmos Energy, presented the check to Chancellor Joe Ben Welch on Tuesday, April 20.
“We are honored to have this relationship with Atmos Energy,” said Welch. “The company and Frank have been very good partners with RPCC for quite a while. Atmos Energy really has a heart for education and for this college. We look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial partnership in the future.”
The RPCC Foundation was created to raise funds for scholarships and other worthy projects on campus. The foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, established to promote the educational and cultural welfare of the college and its facilities. The foundation articulates the aims, objectives and needs of the college to the public and solicits and accepts gifts, grants, and funds of all kinds.
Those donations may include money to be used for scholarships, research, teaching or training, and other designated benefits for the college. Donations may also include property.
“Atmos Energy cares greatly about higher education in our communities,” Marino said. “That’s why we have been partners with RPCC for so long. I can think of no better recipient for this money than the students of RPCC. The fact that this money will be used to fund higher learning makes this a smart investment for Atmos Energy.”
Atmos Energy is the largest natural-gas-only distributor in the United States. Its regulated distribution operations deliver natural gas to 3.2 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and public-authority customers. Distribution services are provided to more than 1,600 communities in 12 states, including 276 cities and towns in Louisiana.
Atmos Energy is known as one of the most efficient natural gas distribution companies in the industry because of constant cost management. Employees keep productivity at industry-leading levels. In 2009, the company served 678 natural gas distribution customers per employee, as compared with an average of 622 customers per employee served by our peer group. The natural gas distribution operation and maintenance expense of $116 per customer in fiscal year 2009 was also lower than the peer-group average of $225 per customer.