Rayle EMC is once again accepting applications for the prestigious Walter Harrison Scholarship. This year, 10 scholarships will be awarded to students throughout Georgia, and Rayle EMC can submit two applications for consideration of these scholarships.
Sponsored by Georgia’s 41 electric cooperatives, including Rayle EMC, the $1,000 Walter Harrison Scholarship can be used for academic expenses at any accredited two- or four-year university, college or technical institute in Georgia.
“Commitment to community is one of the cornerstones of the cooperative business model,” says Rayle EMC General Manager Tony Griffin. “We think it is important to ‘walk the walk’ and give a hand up to deserving students in our own areas.”
The scholarship program pays tribute to the late Walter Harrison, a pioneer in the rural electric movement and a leader at local, state and national levels in the electric cooperative program. Since its inception in 1985, Georgia’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $181,000 to students through the Walter Harrison Scholarship program.
Factors for consideration for the Walter Harrison Scholarship and Rayle EMC Scholarship include gradepoint average, SAT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors, community involvement and financial need. To apply for the scholarship, students must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program. They also must complete an application and submit a biographical sketch which includes a preview of his or her future plans.
Finally, to be eligible for the scholarship, students and their families must be members of Rayle EMC and reside within the co-op’s service area.
Rayle EMC recognizes that not all applicants can receive the Walter Harrison Scholarship, so its Board of Directors implemented a local scholarship program that has grown from two $500 annual scholarships to seven $1,000 annual scholarships. Rayle EMC scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to students from each of the five Directorate Districts and two at-large, using the same criteria used for selection of the two Walter Harrison Scholarship nominations.
Entries for the Walter Harrison Scholarship are reviewed by a scholarship committee consisting of EMC directors and managers from across Georgia.
Entries for the Rayle EMC Scholarship are reviewed by volunteer educational professionals not employed by the cooperative.
To request a scholarship application, contact any Rayle EMC office or call (706) 678-2116 or click on the PDF link below. Applications may be submitted to the nearest co-op office, or mailed to Rayle EMC, Walter Harrison Scholarship, P.O. Box 1090, Washington, GA 30673. Deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 27, 2017.
Rayle EMC is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity to more than 14,000 members in Wilkes, Lincoln, Greene, Morgan, Taliaferro, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Clarke, Madison and Oconee counties.
Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia’s member-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to more than 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area.