South Tahoe senior gets award |

South Tahoe senior gets award

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The GE Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company, has recognized Ryan Wilson, a senior at South Tahoe High School, with a $2,500 GE STAR Award. As part of the GE STAR Award program, the GE Foundation will also grant $500 to South Tahoe High School.

Wilson is the son of Kristen and Ronald Wilson. Ron Wilson is an engineering professional with GE Energy’s optimization and control business headquartered in Minden. Wilson will have the honor of selecting a teacher who will designate how the school will use the $500 award.

The GE Foundation first established the GE Star Award program in 1984 to provide competitive awards to children of eligible GE employees and retirees around the world. Since then, over 7,500 student and teacher awards have received a total of nearly $6.6 million.

The winners are chosen based on their academic record, extracurricular activities and community service, and personal experiences and goals, as described in a written statement. The awards are used by the students to help meet their first-year expenses at a community college or vocational-technical school.

The Institute of International Education, an international non-profit educational exchange organization, administers the GE STAR Awards.

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, works to strengthen educational access, equity, and quality for disadvantaged youth globally; and supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities around the world.

In 2005, the GE Family contributed $215 million to community and educational programs, including $71 million from the GE Foundation. For information, visit

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