The D. Pimentel internal scholarship was created in 2021 following the departure of BELCO President Dennis Pimentel after 32 years with the Company.
Mr. Pimentel started as a BELCO apprentice in 1989 and progressed through the ranks of the Company holding various positions including Specialist Electrical Fitter, O&M Foreman and then Capital Projects Foreman.
In 2002, Mr. Pimentel applied for and was awarded BELCO’s internal scholarship and attended Florida International University in Miami, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Electrical Engineering.
On completion of his degree, he worked for Florida Power & Light Company for two years, the first year as a Protection and Control Engineer and was then promoted in the second year to Supervisor of the Meter Technology Centre before returning to BELCO to work in the Energy Delivery Engineering Department in 2008.
In 2009, Mr. Pimentel transferred to Operations as a Senior Engineer and after obtaining his Chartered Engineer (CEng.) designation in 2010. He was promoted to VP of Energy Delivery in 2011 and later Interim SVP of Operations for BELCO. In 2018 Mr. Pimentel was appointed President of BELCO until his retirement in 2021.
The Scholarship is for professional career development and full-time study in an accredited degree program in a field deemed important for the future business requirements of the Company. The scholarship is for a maximum value of $20,000 per year and a maximum of four years.
The 2021 recipient is Hasheem Webb who is attending Hugh Baird College in the UK and studying for a Foundation Degree in Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing) with the intent to pursue a Mechanical Engineering Degree upon completion of his foundation studies.