Each year, the group solicits applications from women who may not have been able to attend college when they graduated from high school, but who now want to further their education.
“From among the pool of candidates of electric cooperative members across South Carolina, one lucky woman will be awarded a $2,500 one-time scholarship,” says Susan Brown, executive assistant and coördinator of the WIRE group at Horry Electric Cooperative. “Last year, the recipient of the scholarship was Lisa Duvall, who is a member of Horry Electric.”
The WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship is designed to help women who are out on their own, working a job, taking care of a family, to have a chance to improve their future through education. This scholarship is awarded based on financial need and personal goals.
Applicants for the scholarship must be a member of a South Carolina electric cooperative; must have graduated from high school or have earned their GED at least 10 years ago; must obtain acceptance into an accredited South Carolina college or university and must demonstrate financial need. Please note, proof of registration/enrollment may be requested. Women who have previously obtained a four-year college degree are not eligible. Applicants may have previously earned a two-year degree or some college credits.
The 2012 WIRE Scholarship Application deadline is June 1, 2012. Applicants may send completed applications via mail or fax to Susan Brown, Horry Electric’s WIRE coördinator OR directly to the WIRE Scholarship Committee.
The winner will receive the scholarship for the Fall 2012 or Sprint 2013 school semester and it must be used during the specified time frame. The scholarship will be paid jointly to the winner and the college of their choice.Susan Brown Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. Post Office Box 119 Conway, South Carolina 29528 Fax: 843. 369.6040 WIRE Scholarship Committee Attention: Christy Overstreet Marlboro Electric Cooperative, Inc. Post Office Box 1057 Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512 Fax: 843.479.8990
WIRE was created as a nonprofit organization to foster interest in and understanding of the rural electric program and to improve the quality of life in rural areas. The efforts of WIRE members go beyond scholarships and fundraising to touch the lives of many people across the Palmetto State.