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. 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.

2016 Power My World Scholarship judges had their work cut out for them in their task to select the scholarship winners from so many qualified applicants. L-R: Dorinda Mitchell, Lindale; Sharon Brooks, Yantis; Pat Harris, Hawkins.

The independent judges were comprised of three WCEC members: Dorinda Mitchell, Lindale; Sharon Brooks, Yantis; and Pat Harris, Hawkins. These 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:

Austin Decker, Mt Vernon; Brenna Gardner, Quitman; Claire Glidewell, Alba-Golden; Jared Graves, Grand Saline; Rachel Hays, Alba-Golden; Derek McCreight, Miller Grove; Allie Medlin, Quitman; Natalie Oud, Mt Vernon; Claire Pickens, Mineola; and Logan Redding, Winnsboro.

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, as well as their demonstrated service to the community. We look forward to seeing all of the applicants achieve their dreams and goals.”

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.