There are 43 schools getting involved in Consol’s Power Up program in its home state of Pennsylvania, while the odds of winning are dramatically better in Ohio, with just five schools participating.
A new website, www.CONSOLPowerUp.com, will allow students and the public to vote for their school and provide educational information about how coal and natural gas power the nation.
Consol said the competition would be powered by social media andwass designed to educate the community and showcase school spirit.
"CONSOL Energy has supported high schools within our operating footprint for many years. Our Power Up program is an extension of that commitment," director of community relations Laural Ziemba said.
"Through this new initiative, which has a substantial social media component, we hope to establish new channels of communication with students, their families and educators, while at the same time be able to supply two lucky schools with a deserving monetary boost."
Anyone with a valid email address can participate by visiting the site and voting and throughout the school year, students can log on to www.CONSOLPowerUp.com and view the leaderboard, which will keep a running tally of all votes.
The school in each state with the most votes by May will be awarded a $10,000 grant.