Fifteen students have each won a $3,000 Savannah River Nuclear Solution Family Scholarship, received at a special ceremony in Aiken on Thursday.

The winners are sons and daughters of employees from the company, more commonly known as SRNS.

This program rewards graduating high school students on the basis of general ability, leadership and scholastic achievement, recognizing the top students participating in the competition.

Since 2009, more than $270,000 in scholarships have been presented to area students as a part of this program.

“The hard work, exceptional dedication and amazing achievements demonstrated by these students are truly impressive,” said Dwayne Wilson, SRNS president and CEO. “And, I believe, have resulted in their learning many important life lessons.”

Through the family scholarship program, SRNS employees see the value their company places on quality education.

“I am extremely honored and grateful to receive such a generous gift from the SRNS family,” said Patrick Judd of Aiken High School. “Receiving the scholarship has shown me how SRNS does such wonderful work in reaching out to the CSRA community and how they place such great value in supporting education for generations to come. I will use this financial support to receive an education that will enable me to give back to our community.”

Another recipient, John Monahan of North Augusta High School, acknowledged that he knew qualifying for the SRNS scholarship would be difficult.

“One of my goals in high school was to do well enough academically to earn this award,” he said. “This scholarship will help me to pursue my plan to become a doctor, reducing the stress of trying to pay for all the schooling I will need.”