Winning Students are Dependents of Black Warrior EMC Members

April 23, 2021

Highlighting the importance of education to the well-being of families and communities across its service area in West Central Alabama, Black Warrior Electric Membership Corporation recently announced it has awarded scholarships to 10 area graduating high school seniors.

The scholarships, $500 each, are awarded through the Electric Cooperative Foundation, which was created by Alabama’s electric cooperatives as a means to give back to their communities.

“The past year has been a difficult one for our members and our country as a whole because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Black Warrior Board of Trustees President Terry Barr. “A lot of people have faced hardships and losses, healthwise and financial. But we’re proud of the fact these young people continued to work hard in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities. It’s an honor to recognize their achievements with these scholarships.”

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. 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.

To spread the word about the scholarships, applications were distributed to the more than 20 high schools in the utility’s 12-county coverage area.

This is the fifth year Black Warrior has awarded scholarships. This year’s winners are:

  • Mary Madalyn Massengale of Greensboro, a student at Demopolis High School. She plans to major in civil engineering.
  • Lynn Pham of Gallion, a student at Demopolis High School. She plans to major in biology.
  • Redderick Jerome Rutledge III of Marion, a student at Francis Marion High School. He plans to major in electrical technology.
  • William P. Christopher of Butler, a student at Patrician Academy. He plans to major in finance.
  • Heather Marie Gladney of Buhl, a student at Sipsey Valley High School. She plans to major in agri-business management.
  • Callie Elizabeth Clark of Gilbertown, a student at South Choctaw Academy. She plans to major in pre-med, pediatrics.
  • Grayson Andrew Vaughan of Livingston, a student at South Choctaw Academy. He plans to major in engineering.
  • Baylee Anne Owen of Needham. The student at South Choctaw Academy plans to major in business administration.
  • Riley Madison Newton of Magnolia. The Southern Academy student plans to major in meteorology.
  • Mallory Laken Roe of Pine Hill, a student at Sweetwater High School. She plans to major in business.