2011-07-07 / Local & State

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Awards Scholarships

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 last 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 Fulton County high school seniors were awarded scholarships from Valley REC:

Fulton County: Southern Fulton High School – Morgan Mills, daughter of Walter and Catherine Mills of Needmore, attending Penn State; and Mariah Hill, daughter of Rod Hill and Dawn Hill of Needmore, attending Duquesne.

Four students currently enrolled in postsecondary institutions were also awarded scholarships from Valley REC for the 2011-12 academic year. They include:

Elaina Truax, daughter of Larry and Susan Truax of Needmore, a 2009 graduate of Southern Fulton High School attending Elizabethtown College; Lindsay Berkstresser, daughter of Dwayne and Betsy Northcraft of Waterfall, a 2009 graduate of Forbes Road High School attending Penn State; Kelsey Morgan, Mapleton Depot, and Stephanie Jones.

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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