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San Jacinto College
News Release
Friday, July 22, 2011

StarTex Power gives back to community with scholarship donation


PASADENA, Texas – StarTex Power, a Constellation company, has donated a $1,000 scholarship to the San Jacinto College (SJC) Foundation as part of its “Return the Favor” campaign. Current SJC student Rachel Slovacek, of Houston, is the lucky StarTex Power Scholarship recipient.


“I was so excited and glad when I got the news,” commented Slovacek. “Due to the economy, my family is going through some financial difficulties, and I did not see how there would be enough money to continue my education, so receiving this scholarship came at just the right time.”


In April, San Jacinto College students received an email with a link to fill out a form for a chance to win a $1,000 StarTex Power scholarship. Students then had the opportunity to share the link with “friends” through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The more they shared the link, the more opportunities they had to win the scholarship.


Slovacek says she entered the contest several times. “I honestly did not think I had a chance to win, but I’m glad I entered, and I’m glad the College had the contest,” added Slovacek, who is studying Philosophy at SJC and then plans to transfer to the University of Houston-Clear Lake for a business degree.


“We are very excited to have a new partner in StarTex Power,” said Brenda Hellyer, chancellor of SJC. “Their generous donation will help Rachel pursue her educational dreams, and further advances the mission of the College which is to ensure student success, create seamless transitions, and enrich the quality of life in the communities we serve.”


Nearly 17 percent of the San Jacinto College students who received the email responded by clicking on a personalized link from the email. Compared to the national average of 5.9 percent (according to Epsilon’s first quarter 2011 North America email trends and benchmark report), the San Jacinto College and StarTex Power scholarship campaign proved to be a success.


“We are so proud to be able to present this scholarship for Rachel and look forward to her success at San Jacinto College,” said Marcie Zlotnik, Co-founder of StarTex Power. “Giving back to the community has always been a passion for StarTex Power and it’s great to enrich the education of a student right here in Houston.”


About StarTex Power: StarTex Power, one of the fastest growing retail electric providers in the United States, gives its customers the Star Treatment with competitive prices, transparent billing, and superior customer service. StarTex Power is the sole Retail Electric Provider to be awarded the 2011 and 2010 Better Business Bureau Pinnacle Award and was named the #1 Fastest Growing Energy Company in 2009 by Inc. Magazine.  StarTex Power was the only Texas-based retail electric provider to be named a Top Small Company Workplace for 2010 by Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces. StarTex Power has been named among the top ten Best Places to Work by the Houston Business Journal for four consecutive years. Serving approximately 170,000 residential and commercial customers, StarTex Power is committed to upholding the highest standards in the retail electric industry. For more information, visit or call 1-866-917-8271. StarTex Power is owned by Baltimore-based Constellation Energy (, a leading competitive supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States.


About the San Jacinto College Foundation: The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information or to make a donation, please visit, or call 281-998-6104.


About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit, or find us on Facebook at


Photo: Those attending the scholarship donation included, from left, Marjo Stach, San Jacinto College (SJC) Foundation accountant; SJC student Rachel Slovacek, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, SJC chancellor; and Collin Coker, StarTex Power senior vice president sales and marketing. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.

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