The scholarship committee at Abraxas Energy Consulting selected Owen Emerson from San Luis Obispo High School to receive a $2,000 scholarship for his collegiate studies. This annual scholarship is given to a high school senior who demonstrates an appreciation for our western tradition and its importance in the world today.  Applicants submitted essays on this topic.  Emerson was selected based on an essay he wrote which described the role of capitalism in the American revolution and later development of the country. “The essay could have been written by a scholar”, said John Avina, president of Abraxas.  “I was really impressed.”

Abraxas Energy Consulting is a San Luis Obispo-based business that helps building owners reduce energy bills and increase profits through energy efficiency strategies.  This is the first year of Abraxas’ scholarship program.  “Rather than giving to large charities, it seems to me that giving scholarships to aspiring students is one of the best ways to have an impact.  We are going to do more next year” promised Avina.