Two Northern Essex Students Receive Leewood Solar Scholarships

Hillari Denny of Merrimac and Nabil Saleh of Methuen.

Two Northern Essex Community College students have been selected as the first-ever recipients of the Leewood Realty Sustainability Scholarship, an award developed this year as part of an expanding partnership between Leewood of Haverhill and the college.

Nabil Saleh of Methuen and Hillari Denny of Merrimac each received $1,000 scholarships to help defray tuition costs for sustainably related classes and programs for both students, according to a statement.

Saleh, a mechanical engineering major, was recommended for the scholarship by engineering faculty. He currently holds a 3.96 grade point average (GPA) and works as a Haverhill campus math center tutor. Upon receiving his associate degree, Saleh plans to attend UMass Lowell and eventually pursue a career as an engineering firm manager.

Denny is as a work-study student with Northern Essex’s Top Notch Players theater troupe and was selected, in part, due to her ability to multi-task on challenging projects. An engineering major, she is a self-described outdoorswoman and passionate conservationist who is determined to make a positive impact on the world.

As first reported by WHAV last June, Leewood Realty owns and operates a 103,000-square-foot green industrial space with more than 2,200 solar panels. It is the largest source of solar energy in the Merrimack Valley. The company recently worked out a net metering purchase agreement with Northern Essex, which will result in significant energy cost reductions for the college.