The 2021 recipient of the Julie Keil Scholarship Award will be presented to a young woman who reflects many of Julie’s attributes.
Currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Montana Technological University, Elsie Brown is a student whose leadership has been recognized with the Archie McDonald Leadership Award. In addition, she volunteers her time leading the Skills USA Team.
Her passion for the environment, sustainability, and hydropower emerged after her internship at Holter Dam, a hydroelectric straight gravity dam on the Missouri River about 45 miles northeast of Helena, Montana, in the United States, for two summers. It was this experience that inspired a change in career goals for Elsie. She shifted her course work from veterinarian studies to majoring in mechanical engineering to pursue a career in the hydropower industry and focus her passion on ensuring hydropower generation is an integral part of the clean energy mix.
The Scholarship Committee is hopeful that this award will assist her in reaching her education and career goals. “Julie Keil was a major force and recognized as a leader for change in the hydropower industry. Her highest personal priority was to raise two thoughtful and independent young women empowered with education and personal character. Providing financial assistance to support and encourage the entry of women into the hydropower industry is right out of the Julie Keil playbook.” (John Suloway, past president of the National Hydropower Association).