Since day one, Apex has worked to improve the world in which we live—whether that’s decarbonizing our economy, building the energy company of the future, or molding the workforce that will advance it. From Apex’s perspective, the latter is inextricably linked to the success of the company and the industry, which is why Apex prioritizes investing in the next generation of clean energy leaders.
One critical aspect of this work is being intentional about engaging talented undergraduates and graduate students who represent diversity in all its forms.
Advancing this goal, Apex is a leading supporter of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, which is committed to improving the lives of intellectually gifted, community- and public service–minded African Americans by accelerating their progress into impactful leadership roles and opportunities. For the next four years, Apex is sponsoring Gregory Perryman, an outstanding first-year student pursuing a degree at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Apex’s hometown of Charlottesville.
Before even setting foot on grounds at UVA, Perryman had already established a name for himself. In addition to his status as a Ron Brown Scholar, the Ohio native is a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar—honors bestowed to only 40 students annually and 5% of the incoming undergraduate class, respectively. Beyond the classroom, Perryman is determined to create both an equitable and a sustainable future—values he lived even as a high schooler, founding a climate action team and assuming leadership roles in other organizations.
Although today’s workforce is advancing clean energy at a scale seemingly improbable just a decade ago, this next generation will pioneer solutions to the climate crisis none of us can envision today. With Perryman and students like him at the helm, the challenge feels more surmountable than ever before.
As Perryman begins his first semester at the University of Virginia, he shares his perspective on Ron Brown, renewable energy, and the future.