The success of the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program depends largely on our statewide network of Program Allies. These specially trained contractors help customers access Ameren Illinois incentives to implement energy-saving measures. To strengthen and add diversity to this network, in 2017 Ameren Illinois created an Ameren Illinois Opportunities Scholarship Program to help train the next generation of workers in energy-efficient Construction Management and HVAC. Our scholarship program is unique in its focus on hands-on vocational skills versus academic performance. We look beyond a student’s GPA, working closely with school instructors to identify promising minority candidates based on attitude, performance, and capability. Our Ameren Illinois Opportunities Scholarship Program reflects Ameren Illinois’ strong commitment to supplier diversity, while filling a business need and boosting local economies.