FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Young people from across Walton EMC's 10-county service area whose family is served by the cooperative recently received a $4,000 college scholarship from Walton Electric Trust. Pictured are front row, left to right, Hannah Lambert, Danielle Mussatt, Kathryn Jones, Halie Sorrow, Sara Davis, Haley Wingo, Audrey Hardison, Lydia Sloan, Whitney Lester, Victoria Turner, Allison Myers, middle row, Alexander Sullivan, Ligia-Ioana Raileanu, Hannah Cheek, Jordan Woody, Brittany Potts, Drew Cushwa, Jazmyne Simon, Daniel Faust, Olivia Ricketts, Charles Faust, Kylie Bush, Saritha Mangones, Christopher Slaton, Katie Windham, back row, Markell Jackson, William Walker, Lee Briney Jr., Eric Hays, Jayce Delker, Seid Gibanica, Lindsey Borchers, Joseph Long, Laura Tomlin, Jessica Evans, Brittany Wesner, Genesis Oji, Tyler Browning, Nicholas Cain and Ali Miller.
Over 170 applicants vied for $159,000, with 33 being selected for the full scholarship of $4,000. The Trust board also awarded 27 runner-up scholarships of $1,000 each.
In determining the winners, the scholarship committee looked for dedication to community, a strong work ethic, extracurricular involvement and triumph over obstacles and hardships. Recommendations from teachers and other adults involved in the students' lives were also considered.
Walton EMC is able to award these scholarships because of unclaimed refunds. After efforts are exhausted to find the rightful owners, the money goes into an endowment provided for by Georgia law. Earnings from the endowment fund the yearly awards.
Since its inception, Walton Electric Trust has awarded 250 scholarships worth $621,750.
This year's full scholarship winners include Seid Gibanica, Eric Hays, Hannah Lambert, Danielle Mussatt, Alexander Sullivan (Parkview High); Sara Davis, Jazmyne Simon (South Gwinnett High); Drew Cushwa, Jessica Evans, Saritha Mangones, Allison Myers, William Walker, Brittany Wesner (Brookwood High); Ligia-Ioana Raileanu (Archer High); Hannah Cheek (Shiloh High School); Markell Jackson (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology); Joseph Long, Genesis Oji, Jordan Woody (Loganville High School); Tyler Browning (Loganville Christian Academy); Nicholas Cain, Ali Miller, Brittany Potts, Christopher Slaton (Walnut Grove High School); Lee Briney Jr., Whitney Lester (Salem High); Lindsey Borchers (Heritage High School); Katie Windham (Paragon Academy); Audrey Hardison, Halie Sorrow (George Walton Academy); Victoria Turner (Monroe Area High); Kylie Bush, Lydia Sloan (North Oconee High); Laura Tomlin, Haley Wingo (Westminster Christian Academy); Charles Faust, Daniel Faust (Athens Christian); Olivia Ricketts (Prince Avenue Christian); Kathryn Jones (Madison County High); Celie Davis (Morgan Co. High School); Jayce Delker (Georgia Cyber Academy).
In addition, Sarah Kang of Brookwood High School and Claire Rohrer of South Gwinnett High School are both receiving one of eight $1,000 Walter Harrison Scholarships from Georgia EMC, Walton EMC's statewide trade association.
The scholarship, named in honor of a Georgia and national cooperative electrification pioneer, is endowed by the efforts of EMCs from across the state and Georgia Rural Electric Supply Corporation. Since 1985, $162,000 has been awarded through the program.
Community involvement, academic ability, SAT scores, scholastic honors and financial need are considerations in choosing Walter Harrison Scholarship recipients.