Youth Programs and Scholarships
Walton EMC believes in investing in youth.
Each year, the co-op sends high school students to the Washington Youth Tour, sponsors youth electrification career development events and partners with area schools to enhance the educational experience through Partners in Education and School EmPOWERment Grants.
The co-op also sponsors scholarship programs that award financial aid for post-high school education.
Washington Youth Tour
If you're a high school sophomore or junior living or attending school in Walton EMC's service area, you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., as a participant in the Washington Youth Tour.
Walton EMC sends four Youth Tour delegates to Washington each June to participate in this leadership development opportunity that provides a peek at how our state and national governments work and what it takes to be a better leader. The trip includes one-on-one meetings with congressional delegates, visits to the White House and national monuments, and enjoying social activities with other Tour delegates from across the nation.
Youth delegates will also spend time in Atlanta, getting to know fellow delegates from around the state, meeting state leaders and seeing landmarks.
- Be a high school sophomore or junior.
- Live or attend a school in WEMC's service area.
- Have parents' permission to enter.
- Commit to making the trip on the dates designated, if selected as a winner.
- Follow the contest rules.
Previous Youth Tour winners are not eligible.
Walton Electric Trust Scholarship
The Walton Electric Trust student scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior or incoming college freshman with no more than 15 hours of college credit. Winners are selected by overall evaluation; awards are not based on grade point average. 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. The number of student scholarships will be awarded depending on the quality of applicants.
Walton EMC Engineering Leadership Scholarship
The Walton EMC Engineering Leadership Scholarship provides five $10,000 scholarships to students who study one of the bachelor degree programs within the University of Georgia College of Engineering. The scholarship is open to residents of the counties Walton EMC serves, which include Athens-Clarke, Barrow, DeKalb, Greene, Gwinnett, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Rockdale and Walton.
Walter Harrison Scholarship
Each year, the Walter Harrison Scholarship program awards $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduate students attending any vocational school or two- or four-year accredited college or university in Georgia. Funded by Georgia's electric cooperatives such as Walton EMC, the scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Applicants must be in Walton EMC's service territory to be eligible. Contact your guidance counselor for details.
EMC/FFA Electrification Career Development Event
The EMC/FFA Electrification Career Development Event is organized through local FFA chapters and sponsored by Walton EMC and the Electric Membership Corporations of Georgia. Participants can win scholarship funds to use at any college, university or vocational school in Georgia.
The contest is designed to reinforce the electrification skills being taught in the vocational agriculture education program, and to provide high school students the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about electric energy. State winners receive college scholarships.
Partners in Education
Each Walton EMC office is a partner with local schools and participates in many activities throughout the school year.
School EmPOWERment Grants
Walton EMC offers educational grants to schools and classroom teachers for a myriad of uses that further instructional programs. Any public school located within Walton EMC's service territory is eligible to apply. Private schools can apply as well if they are served by Walton EMC electric service. Applications are generally accepted during August and September with grants being awarded in December. Watch for a mailing to your school with details.
Schools throughout Walton EMC's10-county service area have received more than $1 million through the grant program. The money comes from unclaimed capital credit refunds.