Special to Atmore News
(Jay, FL) Escambia River Electric Cooperative (EREC) will award scholarships to graduating seniors in Escambia (Fla.) and Santa Rosa counties whose parent or guardian is a member of the cooperative. Two $4,000 scholarships – awarded in honor of former EREC director Herman D. Johnson – will be offered. Students must show proof of enrollment and maintain a grade point average of 2.5 to continue to receive the funds each year.
For scholarship applications, seniors should check with their high school guidance counselors; contact EREC’s Marketing and Communications (850) 675-4521 or (800) 235-3848; or go online at www.erec.com. The deadline to submit applications is March 1. Winners will be announced at EREC’s Annual Meeting on April 30.
“Delivering safe, reliable, and affordable power is our top priority, but we are also invested in our communities,” EREC CEO Ryan Campbell said. “For more than 24 years EREC has had the opportunity to provide these scholarships to deserving seniors in our local high schools.”
As a Partner in Education with many of the schools along its powerlines, EREC has several educational programs offered to teachers and students. Safety City is a great way for elementary and middle school students to learn about being safe around electricity, and Youth Tours to Tallahassee and Washington DC are special opportunities offered to juniors to meet elected officials and learn about the commitment electric cooperatives have on their communities.
More information about these programs can be found on www.erec.com.
Founded in 1939, The Escambia River Electric Cooperative brings electric power to approximately 11,000 residents of northern Escambia County and Santa Rosa County, Florida. The company is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Jay, Florida, with another location in Walnut Hill. EREC’s mission is to provide dependable electric service while seeking ways to enhance the area’s quality of life through economic development projects, educating students about safety and the environment, and generously donating time, energy and resources for charities, schools and community events.