2010-08-19 / Local & State

Valley Rural Electric Co-op Awards Scholarships To Local Students

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative recently awarded 25 $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors as well as students already enrolled in postsecondary institutions and returning adult students.

The co-op’s Brighter Future Scholarship Program was established this year to assist eligible students who are cooperative members or their dependents. Selection criteria include academic achievement, financial need and community activities.

The money to finance this initiative comes from unclaimed capital credits refunds that previously had to be turned over to the state treasury. But now, thanks to the efforts of the cooperative’s political advocates, these resources can be kept in co-op communities and used to assist consumers facing financial hardships and to fund educational scholarships.

The following local high school seniors were awarded scholarships from Valley REC:

Fulton County: McConnellsburg High School – Ryan Strait, son of Travis and Sandy Strait of Harrisonville, attending Millers-ville University; and Southern Fulton High School – Lucas Mellott, son of Mark and Connie Mellott of Warfordsburg, attending Juniata College.

Valley Rural Electric is a member-owned cooperative providing electric service to consumers in eight counties of south-central Pennsylvania, including Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin.

For more information about Valley Rural Electric Cooperative’s Brighter Future Scholarship Program, call 800/432-0680 or visit www.valleyrec.com and follow the Programs and Services link to the Scholarships section.

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