Branchburg's Joanna Kostin Receives James LaFrankie Scholarship Award


Branchburg's Joanna Kostin Receives James LaFrankie Scholarship Award

Somerville High School Senior is One of Nine Students Nationwide Honored for Scholastic Achievement

VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Joanna Kostin of Branchburg has been selected as one of nine recipients of 22nd annual James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards. The $1,000 awards were distributed nationwide to nine college-bound children of full-time American Water employees. A senior at Somerville High School, Kostin was selected based on her outstanding high school records, academic honors, participation in extracurricular activities and teacher recommendations. She is graduating next month from Somerville High School with a 3.9 GPA, and will be attending New York University, majoring in biology. Kostin is a member of the National Honor Society, and was chosen as the Somerville High School NJSIAA Scholar/Athlete of the year. She is the daughter of Oleg Kostin, production manager at New Jersey American Water's Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plant in Bridgewater.

"We congratulate Joanna and her parents for her academic excellence and overall achievement. Our company is proud to support her academic and future career endeavors." said Melanie Kennedy, vice president of Human Resources.

The American Water Board of Directors established the scholarship program in 1991 in honor of former American Water president, James LaFrankie.

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYS: AWK) is the investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

New Jersey American Water
Peter A. Eschbach, 856-782-2316

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