Walton EMC Awarding $4,000 College Scholarships

MONROE, Ga. – The time to apply is now for a chance at a $4,000 college scholarship from Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC).

Up to 32 $4,000 Walton Electric Trust college scholarships will be awarded during the 2016-17 school year to graduating high school seniors and incoming college freshmen whose homes are served by Walton EMC for electric power. Applicants must be 21 years old or younger, and the scholarships must be used at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school.

“Thanks to Walton EMC’s generosity and commitment to the community, my educational career is off to a great start,” says Grant Colquitt, a 2016 winner and student at the University of North Georgia. “By awarding me one of the scholarships, Walton EMC has lessened the financial burden, allowing me to focus more on the most important aspect of school — learning.”

The scholarship award committee is looking for applicants who demonstrate dedication to their community, possess a strong work ethic, participate in extracurricular involvement and show perseverance in the face of obstacles and hardships. Additional consideration will be given to students planning to attend a vocational-technical school.

The money for these scholarships comes from unclaimed capital credit refunds. After all attempts to find the owners are exhausted, the money goes into a fund provided for by Georgia law.

“One of the cooperative principles we operate by is ‘concern for community,’” says Walton EMC CEO Ronnie Lee. “We want to invest in the future of our local young people, especially those of outstanding character who are not considered for many academically-based scholarships.”

Details and applications are available at waltonemc.com. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 30, 2017. Specific questions should be directed to 770-266-2391.

Walton EMC provides electric service to 125,000 residential and business accounts in a 10-county area between Atlanta and Athens. Because its customers own the company, service — not profit — is Walton EMC's primary focus.

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