WCEC Awards $20,000 to East Texas Students
A panel of three independent judges recently awarded $20,000 in scholarships as part of Wood County Electric Cooperative’s (WCEC) “Power My World” program. The judges were L-R: Dorinda Mitchell, Lindale; Sharon Brooks, Yantis; Pat Harris, Hawkins.
Ten local high school students, residing within WCEC’s 9-county service area, will each receive a $2,000 scholarship towards continuing education. The program is funded entirely by unclaimed capital credit payments returned to WCEC by the state and does not come from WCEC's operating budget.
The judges used various criteria to down-select the ten, who were chosen from thirty eight qualified applicants. Each judge was tasked with reviewing the submissions, accompanying academic records, and lists of civic and community achievements. Additionally, each student was required to submit an essay, which was read by each judge. Based on their exceptional work and achievements, the ten 2016 Power My World scholarship recipients are:
Of those selected, WCEC CEO/General Manager Debbie Robinson said, “Every year we are amazed by the talent and ambitions of the young men and women of east Texas, aswell as their demonstrated service to the community. We look forward to seeing all of the applicants achieve their dreams and goals.”