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Local Students Encouraged to Apply for $1,000

Rapidly rising costs of college tuition and fees are making it more and more difficult for students to afford a higher education. With many families
facing financial hardships, college applicants are increasingly looking for ways to offset the costs of obtaining a degree.

To ensure that students have the opportunity to further their education, Carroll EMC is currently accepting applications for the Walter Harrison Scholarship, a program sponsored by Georgia’s 41 electric cooperatives.
The $1,000 scholarship can be applied to academic expenses at any accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational-technical institute in Georgia.

In 2014, Walter Harrison Scholarships will be awarded to seven students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance. Factors for consideration include grade point average, SAT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors and community involvement. A scholarship committee comprised of EMC directors and managers judge blind applications and select recipients who exceed in these areas and can demonstrate 
financial need.

Students who apply for the scholarship must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program. They also must complete an application and write a biographical sketch which provides a preview of his or her future plans. 

The Scholarship is partially funded through a silent auction held each year at Georgia EMC’s Annual Meeting. The 41 electric co-ops throughout Georgia donate unique items representative of every region of the state. Last year’s auction raised more than $11,000 which went to help seven deserving students pursue their academic goals:

• Prentiss Rachel Autry of Meigs, Ga.
• Meredith Eby of Midway, Ga.
• Rachel Denton of Waycross, Ga.
• Erin Hollander of Athens, Ga.
• Jonathan Lovern of Pine Mountain, Ga.
• Abigail Norton of Carrollton, Ga.
• Dylan Veneziano of Conyers, Ga.

Created in 1985 by the board of directors of Georgia EMC, the scholarship pays tribute to the late Walter Harrison, a pioneer in the rural electricity movement and a leader at local, state and national levels in the electric cooperative program.

Since 1985, Georgia’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $154,500 to students through the Walter Harrison Scholarship program.
To receive an application, visit carrollemc.com. Completed applications are due by Feb. 1, 2014.

Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative is an electric distribution cooperative with its main office in Carrollton, Georgia. CEMC serves electricity to over 49,000 accounts serving Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk, and parts of Floyd and Troup counties in the greater west Georgia area. For more information about Carroll EMC, go to carrollemc.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. “Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative: Valuable. Reliable. Powerful.”

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to more than four million people, half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area.

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