MONROE, Ga. — Students from across Walton EMC’s 10-county service area have received the latest round of Walton Electric Trust Scholarships for 2016.
Over 200 students applied for the scholarship that helps fund post-secondary education at a college or vo-tech school. 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.
Of those, 33 students were selected to receive scholarships of $4,000. Another 29 were awarded runner-up scholarships of $1,000.
The Trust has awarded 378 scholarships worth $1,013,000 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.
Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves 124,000 accounts over its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens.
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Students from across Walton EMC’s 10-county service area receiving a Walton Trust Scholarship are, front row, left to right: Kaitlin Elena Rose, North Oconee High School; Sarah Cagle, Morgan County High School; Bryson Harrison, Walnut Grove High School and Josie Roser, Walnut Grove High School. Second row: Abbey Browning, Loganville Christian Academy; Nicholas Weddington, Druid Hills High School; John Edelen, Oconee County High School and Eva Delaplane, Westminister Christian Academy. Third row: Lucas Udell, Social Circle High School; Autumn Darracq, Loganville High School; Zachary Ware, Prince Avenue Christian School; Mary Faith Kaswinkel, Parkview High School and Allison Browning, Loganville Christian Academy. Fourth row: Savannah Hayes, Rockdale County High School; Elizabeth Shuford, Oconee County High School; Rachel Brannen, Prince Avenue Christian School and Grant Colquitt, North Oconee High School. Fifth row: Ethan Hollis, North Oconee High School; Seth Irwin, Athens Christian School; Reyann Miller, Walnut Grove High School; Masyn Power, Brookwood High School and Kate Marlowe, Prince Avenue Christian School. Sixth row: Brendon Machado, Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology; Michael Adeola, Brookwood High School; Al-Hasan Idrees, North Oconee High School and Jacob Lancaster, Walnut Grove High School. Back row: John Andrew Jehle, Grayson High School; Nicholas Partain, Shiloh High School and Matthew Downs, Oconee County High School. Not pictured: Michael Bowler, Brookwood High School; Anthony Heard, George Walton Academy; Matthew Whiteman, DeKalb Early College Academy and Joshua Shields, Parkview High School.