2013-06-27 / Family

Valley Rural Electric Coop 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.

The co-op’s Brighter Future Scholarship Program was established in 2010 to assist eligible students who are cooperative members or their dependents. Selection criteria include academic achievement, financial need and school activities and community service.

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 students received scholarships:

Taelor Morton, daughter of L. Allen and Kelly Morton, Needmore. She is a 2013 graduate of Southern Fulton High School and will attend Penn State Altoona.

Justin Mellott, son of Andy and Kristi Mellott of Needmore, also received a scholarship. He is a 2012 graduate of Southern Fulton High School and attends Mount Aloysius 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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