Kyle Saleeby, Niceville HS, Wins $100,000 Proton OnSite Scholarship

Kyle Saleeby, a senior at Niceville High School, has won a $100,000 scholarship from the Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program for his science project that harnesses the power of tidal energy.

One of 14 finalists from around the nation, Saleeby applied for the scholarship months ago only to learn yesterday after returning from the International Science Fair he had in fact won the prestigious award.

The Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program is fueling the next generation of scientific innovation by recognizing and awarding high school seniors, college students, and innovators who can find new and creative ways for generating and/or using hydrogen powered by renewable and sustainable energy sources such as sun or wind.  The goal for the innovators is to meet a real-world need, while avoiding the negative consequences of old technologies.

Each year, Proton OnSite awards college scholarships of up to $100,000.  To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit a promising hydrogen-related business idea.  Applicants are evaluated on strength of application; demonstrated leadership, work ethic, and community involvement, ability and promise of the idea, and thoroughness and presentation of the idea.

“Kyle demonstrated the passion, drive, curiosity and do-it-yourself initiative in applying science and technology to meet a real-world need,” said Mark Schiller, Proton OnSite’s Vice President of Business Development.

Saleeby plans to attend MIT in the fall.  Fort Walton Beach High School graduate, Katherine Stone, won the scholarship last year and is also attending MIT.

Congratulations Kyle!