Black Warrior Electric Membership Corporation recently awarded scholarships to graduating seniors at Greensboro High School in Hale County and Francis Marion High School in Perry County. The scholarships, $500 each, were among 10 presented to students in Black Warrior’s service area through the Electric Cooperative Foundation, which was created by Alabama’s electric cooperatives as a means to give back to their communities.

The Hale County and Perry County scholarship winners are:

  • Kyaja Bates of Greensboro High School. She plans to attend the University of South Alabama in Mobile and major in nursing.
  • Tommia Herring of Francis Marion High School. She plans to attend Jacksonville State University and major in criminal justice.

“Education is the key to success for young people no matter where they live,” said Black Warrior board member Clyde Fields. “We are proud of these two high-achieving students, Kyaja and Tommia, and honored to assist them as they pursue their field of choice in college.”

Scholarships were also awarded to students in Marengo and Choctaw counties.

To qualify for a scholarship, a student must be a graduating high school senior who is the dependent of a Black Warrior Electric member. The money is awarded directly to the school of the student’s choosing. To spread the word about the scholarships, Black Warrior Electric distributed applications to the more than 20 high schools in the utility’s 12-county service area.

“As a public utility that serves thousands of families, we know the importance of investing in the community and its people. There’s no investment that helps the community more than education,” said board member Randy Hollingsworth.

The scholarship applications were evaluated by the Electric Cooperative Foundation, which on behalf of the electric cooperatives has been awarding scholarships to vocational and trade schools and four-year colleges and universities since 2001.

“Last year, we awarded two scholarships, but this year we increased that number to 10,” said Black Warrior Electric General Manager Daryl Jones. “The response has been great, and the Black Warrior board saw this as an opportunity to help more students.”

Over the years, the Electric Cooperative Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $517,000.