Jackson EMC accepting scholarship applications

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jackson Electric Membership Corporation is accepting applications for three scholarship awards based on academic ability, faculty recommendations and financial need.

Several $1,000 Walter Harrison Scholarships will be awarded statewide to undergraduate students enrolled in or accepted by a Georgia college, university or technical school.

The A.T. Sharpton-Gainesville State College Award is available exclusively to students planning to attend Gainesville State College. Financial need is a primary consideration, but judges will also consider academic average, standardized test scores and faculty recommendations.

The A.T. Sharpton Unrestricted Scholarship Award is available to high school seniors who have been accepted to college or students currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or technical college. Applicants may be full- or part-time students at the undergraduate or graduate level in any accredited two- or four-year college or university in the nation. Judges will consider financial need, academic average, standardized test scores and faculty recommendations.

Scholarship recipients must be a Jackson EMC customer or a customer's son or daughter and must reside in the home served by Jackson EMC.

Students interested in applying for any of these scholarships should contact their high school guidance counselors or complete the application available online at www.jacksonemc.com/scholarships. The deadline for applications is Jan. 28.

College senior wins award

LILBURN - Corin Deans, a senior at Oglethorpe University, was recognized as the first student to participate in Georgia's Domestic Microfinance Internship Program with Appalachian Community Enterprises (ACE), a nonprofit microlender that makes very small business loans to those who would not otherwise qualify for traditional credit.

The internship program is sponsored by Rockdale Foundation in partnership with Oglethorpe University and North Georgia College and State University.

Deans, the son of Mike and Dawn Deans, lives in Lilburn.

FFA members test electrical skills

MONROE - Members of FFA, a national organization of agricultural education students, from Oconee, Walton and Morgan counties tested their electrical skills at the Sub-Region FFA-EMC Electrification Career Development Event at Walton Electric Membership Corporation's Monroe headquarters.

The event, sponsored annually by Walton EMC, includes a wiring problem, in which participants translate a wiring diagram, select the necessary wiring materials for the problem and then install a complete electric circuit. They must also answer questions based on their understanding of the National Electric Code and explain the components of an electrical wiring task before a panel of judges.

Jacob Powell, from Oconee County High School, took top honors at the competition. Also from Oconee County High, Chad Skinner placed second and Bryan Bradshaw took third place honors. The school had the highest overall score of the teams competing.

Rodney Wynne led Morgan County High School to a second place team honor. Competing for North Oconee were Daniel Doster and Ryan Pannell. Participants from Monroe Area High School included Justin Jones and Adam Cain.

One student from each school was eligible to compete in the North Region competition Saturday in Jefferson.

Georgia's EMCs partner with the Georgia Department of Education to sponsor and host FFA Electrification CDEs across the state. Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves 118,000 accounts in its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens. Its subsidiary, Walton EMC Natural Gas, serves customers statewide.

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