Educate Philly


Energy 101: Fueling Philadelphia’s Future


The Elaine Levitt and Joel Gershman Education and Conference Center at The Franklin Institute


Tuesday, June 18, 2024
NETWORKING 11:00am – 12:00pm; LUNCH & PROGRAM 12:00pm – 2:00pm


A luncheon and master class to benefit the Philadelphia Education Fund and our Philadelphia Scholars Scholarship Endowment.

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For this year’s Master Class, PEF invites industry leaders to paint a picture of the future of energy – and its implications for our way of life and the educational needs and preparation of our nation’s next generation of leaders.



Farah Jimenez, Moderator, President and CEO, PEF

Nicole LeVine, Chief Operating Officer, PECO

Emily Schapira, President & CEO, Philadelphia Energy Authority

2024 Corporate Partnership Award Recipient

During the event, PEF will have the distinguished opportunity to honor a long-time corporate partner, PECO, recognizing their generous support of our work and commitment to corporate social responsibility, particularly in the areas of STEM education and workforce development.

Dave Velazquez, President and CEO of PECO, will be accepting this award. 

2024 Honorary Co-Chairs

Hon. Isaiah Thomas – City Council Member, Majority Whip

Dr. Tony Watlington – Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia

Star Student Awardees


The Rising Star Award recognizes the high achievement of two high school seniors in our College Access Program (CAP). The Baldadian Shining Star Award, named in honor of Arthur S. Baldadian, Philadelphia Scholars Co-Founder, is given to a college sophomore or junior of outstanding academic success and character.

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Ibrahima Diallo

  • Rising Senior, St. Joseph’s University
  • Biomedical Science Major
  • Black Student Union Treasurer
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Rose Methelus

  • Frankford High School: Honor Roll
  • National Honor Society
  • Varsity Softball
  • Attending West Chester University
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Yasir Anderson

  • Olney High School: Honor Roll,
  • President of Student Council
  • Debate Team Captain
  • Attending Swarthmore College


Sponsor Level: Doctorate

Sponsor Level: Associate’s

David and Irene Baker

John and Jennifer Ginelli

Arthur and KC Baldadian

Joann Mitchell

Sponsor Level: Secondary School

Sponsor Level: K-8

Thomas and Julie Ball

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)

Farah Jimenez and David Hyman

Cheryl L. Baxter, Esq.

Phillip and Trish Gabler

James Jolinger and Robin Lerner

Penni and Mark Blaskey

La-Toya and Otis Hackney

Kimberly Tombasco

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