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Walton EMC Engineering Leadership Scholarship Celebrates First Anniversary

The first year of Walton EMC’s scholarship program for University of Georgia engineering students is in the books.

The co-op established the Walton EMC Engineering Leadership Scholarship in 2017 as a means of recognizing future engineering leaders and retaining local student engineering talent. The fund provides five $10,000 scholarships to students who study one of the bachelor degree programs in UGA’s College of Engineering and is open to residents of the counties Walton EMC serves: Athens-Clarke, Barrow, DeKalb, Greene, Gwinnett, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Rockdale and Walton.

“Cultivating good engineers is critical to every facet of our nation’s infrastructure,” said Walton EMC CEO Ronnie Lee. “Our customer-owners expect – and rightly so – excellent electric service. Sound engineering is the foundation we build on to deliver that promise.”

To apply, students must be majoring or intending to major in any bachelor degree program within the College of Engineering and have a minimum 3.7 grade point average. Recipients will remain eligible for up to four years if they keep a 3.7 GPA in their chosen engineering discipline. The deadline is May 31.

The first scholarship recipients are:

  • Galilea Garcia of Conyers
  • Morgan Godby of Madison
  • Aubrie Herndon of Loganville
  • Jake Jensen of Athens
  • Sean Sullivan of Lilburn

“Being a young female engineer in a workforce comprised of mostly men, I wish to someday inspire other women and young girls that mechanical engineering is not only something that women are capable of learning, but also something that women are capable of leading,” said scholarship recipient Morgan Godby.

The scholarship funds come from unclaimed capital credits.

Customer-owners who move off Walton EMC’s grid may be due capital credit refunds. In some instances, those checks are returned by the post office because of an incorrect forwarding address. After Walton EMC exhausts all efforts to find the rightful owner, Georgia law allows this money to be used for community development and educational projects.

More Information: UGA Engineering Scholarship Website