Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (WCEC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 3 $2,000 Adult Power Upward Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to adult learners pursuing additional education from an accredited or certified institution. The awards can be used toward a bachelors, masters, doctorate, graduate degree, or for training and certification in a trade. The three winners are Casey Busby, Elizabeth Ponce, and Kimberly Reeves.
Casey, married to Mark Busby, lives in Como and is currently a math teacher at Winnsboro High School. She is pursuing a Masters of Education at Texas A&M in Commerce with the ambition of furthering her career in administration. In her spare time she is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Winnsboro where she teaches Sunday school and works with the youth in various capacities. She enjoys watching her three daughters play sports, spending time with her family, and participating in mission trips.
Elizabeth, who lives in Pittsburg, is a substitute teacher at Pittsburg ISD and is studying early childhood education at Texarkana A&M with the goal of becoming a bilingual teacher. When she is not studying, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jose Ponce and their two daughters. She also likes working on Do-It-Yourself projects. Additionally, Elizabeth is actively engaged in the Parent Teacher Organization at Pittsburg ISD and she also teaches Sunday school at her church, Iglesia Pentecostal del Señor Jesús, where her Father is the Pastor.
Kimberly, from Alba, is studying nursing at The University of Texas in Tyler. She is married to Russell Reeves. Together they have 11 children, 8 biological and 3 adopted special needs daughters, who were Kimberly’s inspiration and motivation for following a career path in medicine. The family enjoys raising heritage hogs on their small farm in Alba and they are members of the Broad Street Church of Christ in Mineola.
About the winners, WCEC CEO/General Manager Debbie Robinson said, “We had a superb group of applications this year from some truly outstanding individuals. The three chosen are currently already contributing to our region in a multitude of ways. I heartily congratulate the three winners on this well-deserved award. And I can’t wait to see how they will further their contributions once their educational goals are achieved.”
All of the scholarships at WCEC are funded entirely by unclaimed capital credit payments returned to WCEC by the state of Texas.
Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit electric cooperative with the mission of providing member-customers reliable electric service at a reasonable rate. WCEC serves over 34,000 meters in parts of nine counties throughout northeast Texas, including Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.