Alliant Energy Foundation: Offering community service scholarships

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Up to $25,000 will be awarded to students throughout Alliant Energy communities

MADISON, WI – December 1, 2009 – The Alliant Energy Foundation is offering scholarships to recognize outstanding community leadership in young people and help first-time college students attain their academic goals. Up to 25 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in the fall of 2010 through the Alliant Energy Foundation Community Service Scholarship Program.

“We believe in supporting education throughout our Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin communities and one of many ways we can do that is through awarding scholarships to deserving young adults,” said Julie Bauer, Alliant Energy Foundation Executive Director. “We are proud to offer these scholarships to benefit talented students and their families.”

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must have participated in a leadership role in community service work or volunteer activities. They must also meet the following criteria:

* Be age 24 or under;

* Be a dependent child of a current customer, or be a current customer, of one of Alliant Energy’s utility subsidiaries (Interstate Power and Light or Wisconsin Power and Light);

* Reside within the Alliant Energy service territory at the time of application; and

* Plan to enroll in, for the first time, beginning in the fall of 2010, a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school located within Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin.

A scholarship committee carefully reviews each application in search of the most deserving recipients. Judges consider several criteria, including the applicant’s leadership experience and community service or volunteer activities; academic grade point average; standardized test scores; and the content of a 300-word or less essay submission. Scholarship awards are for one year only and are limited to undergraduate study.

“Our goal is to reach out to a wide variety of students that show leadership in the activities they undertake and quality in the choices they make,” added Bauer. “Today’s young people illustrate their promise in many ways and we want to help them to enjoy continued success. We are pleased to provide scholarships to get them started on the next chapter of their education.”

Complete details about the Alliant Energy Foundation Community Service Scholarship Program, including a downloadable application form, are available online at Applications are being accepted from December 1, 2009 through February 15, 2010. Scholarship recipients will be announced in April 2010.

Employees of Alliant Energy Corporation, Scholarship America, their subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and their immediate family (spouses, parents, children or siblings and their spouses) and persons living in the same household of such employees, who are employed at the time of application are ineligible to receive a scholarship.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the Alliant Energy Foundation has offered community service scholarships. The Foundation also provides nearly 70 other scholarships annually through various higher educational institutions.

The Alliant Energy Foundation is a philanthropic organization created by Alliant Energy Corp. and is operated as a separate entity led by its own board of directors. The Foundation is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where Alliant Energy employees, retirees and customers live and work. The Foundation, which is funded solely by the Alliant Energy shareowners, seeks to further the corporation’s goal of being a good corporate citizen and contributing member of society.