CEC awards $11,000 in scholarships to area high school graduates

Covington Electric Cooperative is committed to the communities it serves and one of the ways CEC demonstrates this effort is by offering scholarship opportunities to qualifying students who plan to further their education after high school.

CEC offers multiple scholarship opportunities each year to high school graduates who are the dependents of CEC members. These scholarships are awarded as part of the Electric Cooperative Foundation located in Montgomery. It was created by the electric cooperatives of Alabama in 1997 to provide scholarships for post-secondary or technical institutions to eligible high school seniors.

There are two $1,000 scholarships available at each of the six high schools that CEC serves electrically, with one going to a student pursuing a college degree and one going to a student pursuing a technical college degree. The schools served by CEC include Kinston, Straughn, Pleasant Home, Brantley, Samson, and Red Level. There are also two at-large scholarships available to CEC dependents not attending schools served by the co-op, with the same stipulations.

The Electric Cooperative Foundation receives all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. Incomplete and/or late applications are not considered. All applicants receive notification letters from the Foundation.

These scholarship opportunities are publicized through Alabama Living, at high school career fairs and with brochures that are distributed to seniors at area high schools. CEC also shares this information with high school guidance counselors. Scholarship applications were available at the schools, online through the CEC website and upon request by directly contacting the cooperative. CEC encourages its members who have children or grandchildren going into the twelfth grade next school year to talk to them about our scholarships to help ensure these opportunities are not wasted.

The 2019 Electric Cooperative Foundation Scholarship Recipients include: Emory Garner of Andalusia (Ed Short presenting), Gracie Free and Jillian Hall of Brantley (Willie Smith presenting), Garvin Ayers of CCA in Luverne (Mark Parker presenting), Daniel Gregory Hataway and Donnie Jacob Wood of Kinston (Heflin Smith presenting), Bella Worley of Pleasant Home (Ed Short presenting), Ethan Edson of Red Level (Patty S. Seay presenting), N’Kyria Cook of Samson (Kim Carter presenting), Emmy Rabren and Trenton Thomas Watson of Straughn (Mark Parker presenting). Congratulations to these students and to all the 2019 graduates.