Electric Cooperative Foundation helps students with scholarships

Black Warrior EMC wants to continue supporting the career aspirations of its young people, and the co-op is putting time and money behind that effort.  Alabama’s rural electric co-ops offer scholarships each year to deserving high school seniors through the Electric Cooperative Foundation, which evaluates the applications and awards scholarships to vocational and trade schools and four-year colleges/universities.  The ECF awarded its first scholarship in 2001.  Since that first year, ECF has awarded over 500 scholarships totaling over $500,000.  ECF has received more than 12,000 applications, and each one is read and evaluated by a selection committee.   To qualify, the student must be a graduating high school senior who is the dependent of a cooperative member.  The money is awarded directly to the school of the student’s choosing.  The ECF will award ten scholarships of $500 each, with one being designated for a student attending a vocational school.   The award is good for four years, and can be used for anything that can be purchased through the school – tuition, books, room and board, etc.  Over the years, the ECF has sent scholarship money to 72 diverse institutions across the U.S.  Black Warrior EMC is distributing forms to the guidance counselors in schools in our service area.  The deadline for applications to be returned to the ECF office is February 14, 2020 (that isn’t a postmark date; the applications must be in the office by that date. The address is listed on the application form).

For more information, contact Karl Rayborn, foundation treasurer, at 334-215-2732.