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Trust Awards $160,000 in Scholarships

Paying for College Just Got Easier

Paying for college will be a little easier for several recent high school graduates who live along Walton EMC’s power lines. They are sharing $160,000 in scholarships awarded by the Walton Electric Trust.

Out of nearly 150 applicants, 32 students are receiving $4,000 each to help fund post-secondary education at a college or vocational-technical school. Another 28 are the recipients of runner-up scholarships of $1,000 each. The 2022 winners represent schools from across the co-op’s 10-county service area.

Applicants were evaluated on work ethic, triumph over obstacles, community service and extracurricular activities. The scholarship committee also reviewed recommendations from teachers and other adults involved in the students’ lives.

The Trust has awarded more than 500 scholarships worth over $1.9 million since the program began in 2009. 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.

Barrow County

  • Grace Fort, Bethlehem Christian Academy
  • Bailee Nolan, Bethlehem Christian Academy

Clarke County

  • Maximillian Whitford, Cedar Shoals High

Gwinnett County

  • Daijah Brazil, South Gwinnett High
  • Danna Cervera, South Gwinnett High
  • J’adore Donely, Shiloh High
  • Sydney Greer, Parkview High
  • Darcy Johnson, Brookwood High
  • Elysia Johnson, Brookwood High
  • Mikayla Klerk, Parkview High
  • Tatum Landers, Brookwood High
  • Naomi Lippitt, South Gwinnett High
  • Evan Sims, Brookwood High
  • Anna Yearick, Homeschool

Morgan County

  • Rachel Wood, Morgan County High

Oconee County

  • Hanna Carter, North Oconee High
  • Landon Hagwood, Oconee County High
  • Ashton Hefner, North Oconee High
  • Kathryn McNeely, North Oconee High
  • Kinsey Patrick, North Oconee High
  • Aaron Richardson, North Oconee High
  • Rylee Royster, Oconee County High

Walton County

  • Will Bowick, George Walton Academy
  • Giavana Curcio, Loganville High
  • Bella DeLullo, Walnut Grove High
  • Mary Lisle, Monroe Area High
  • Aaron Meredith, Walnut Grove High
  • Emma Peters, Walnut Grove High
  • Marren Powelson, Scholars Guild Academy
  • Brynna Tripp, Walnut Grove High
  • Tara Wallace, Walnut Grove High
  • Melanie Wyatt, Walnut Grove High