Scholarship total exceeds $1 million, Class of 2018 prepares to graduate.
Back in January, we posted information about the Walton Electric Trust scholarships. Readers were urged to spread the word about these generous scholarships and encourage eligible students to apply.
With your help, more than 250 applications were received from students needing help with funding for post-secondary education at a college or vocational-technical school.
And now, we are pleased to announce that 32 of those applicants are each receiving scholarships of $4,000. Another 28 are the recipients of runner-up scholarships of $1,000 each.
This year’s winners represent high schools from across Walton EMC’s 10-county service area. They join 459 previous Walton Electric Trust scholarship recipients.
Regardless of the school they attend or whether they are homeschooled, this year’s recipients share some important distinctions. Each exhibits an exceptional work ethic while juggling academic rigors along with community service and extracurricular activities. More important, these recipients demonstrated triumph over a significant obstacle in their life.
This is the 10th year of the scholarship program. The Trust has given scholarships worth more than $1.2 million to help students pursue education at the next level.
The scholarships are funded by unclaimed refunds to former Walton EMC customer-owners. After all efforts are exhausted to find the rightful owners, the money goes into an endowment provided for by Georgia law.
This year’s scholarship recipients will soon join with their peers in celebrating a significant milestone: high school graduation. Ceremonies will be held at schools throughout Walton EMC’s service area in May.
From all of us here at the co-op, congratulations to every senior — and to your families, educators and others who supported you along the way.
As you look back on your school years, we hope there’s a fond memory associated with Walton EMC. You might recall meeting one of our linemen during a school safety demonstration. Maybe you participated in a class that used a cooperative-sponsored solar array to learn about renewable power sources. Or perhaps you participated in a sporting event, 4-H activity or FFA contest sponsored by the co-op.
Walton EMC provides electricity to nine public and private high schools throughout its 10-county service area.
For many students, Walton EMC was with you every day at school. Our reliable electricity kept the lights on, the heating and cooling system running and the computers operational in your classrooms.
Whether you are off to college, enrolling in a vo-tech school or joining the work force, we hope Walton EMC will also be a part of your next steps in life.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
Attention Class of 2019: The application period for the next round of Walton Electric Trust scholarships will open in the fall. Students planning to attend technical, vocational or other non-traditional university education are strongly urged to apply. To qualify, the student's primary residence must be served by Walton EMC. Visit our website for more information.