A panel of 3 independent judges recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships as part of Wood County Electric Cooperative’s (WCEC) “Power My World” program. Ten local high school students, residing within WCEC’s 9-county service area, will each receive a $1,000 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 independent judges were comprised of WCEC members: Lin Grado, Quitman; Judy Rowton, Grand Saline; and Sandra Strickland, Winnsboro. These judges used various criteria to select the winners from 39 qualified applicants. Each judge was tasked with reviewing the submissions, academic records, and lists of civic and community achievements. Additionally, each student was required to submit an essay. Based on their outstanding work and achievements, the 10 2019 Power My World scholarship recipients are:Of those selected, WCEC CEO/General Manager Debbie Robinson said, “Each year we have an outstanding group of applicants. It’s increasingly challenging for the judges to pick from such an accomplished group. Through these scholarships, we are especially pleased to be able to play a role in helping the recipients pursue their individual goals”