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White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s (WRVEC) Trust awarded $104,750 in tuition assistance to area students. The funds for the scholarships were raised through the cooperative’s Operation Round Up program, Business After Hours and the Energy & Education Pro-Am.
A total of 118 candidates from the cooperative’s service area were selected to receive aid for college tuition and expenses. Scholarship awards ranged from $500 to $1000, depending on financial need.
Each spring, scholarship applications are available to full-time students from the cooperative’s five-county service area. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of financial need, overall academic performance, extra-curricular involvement and college acceptance.
Operation Round Up is in its 18th year at WRVEC and to date has returned more than $3.1 million back to the community, with $1,100,000 going to higher education.
Funds come from cooperative members who allow their bills to be rounded-up to the next dollar.
In addition to scholarships, the money is allocated for area families struggling with the financial burden of long-term illness, tragic accident or devastating fire, and also for area community needs such as rural fire departments, senior citizen centers, food pantries and children’s health programs.
The following is a list of scholarship recipients from Douglas County:
Garrett Baird, Lindy Clayton, Ashley Elliott, Caitlin Elliott, Whitney Everett, Emilee Ewing, Kristen Hastings, Abbie Klineline, Michael Loftin, Samantha Martin, Bradley Mills, Caitlin Patterson, Richelle Pettit, Emily Petty, Nicole Rieken, Colten Ross, Koleder Ross, Cheyanne Russ, Seth Schroeder, Sierra Sharp, Nicholas Shortt, Joshua Wendler and Cally Wood.
If you have any questions about the scholarship program or to request an application, contact Cindy Rains at 417-335-9233, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at www.whiteriver.org.