Women working to earn their college degrees can apply for some financial assistance through the 2017 WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship.
The annual WIRE scholarship program provides a one-time, $2,500 award to a woman who is an electric cooperative member, who has been out of school for several years and who is ready to complete her education.
Three cooperative members benefitted from last year’s WIRE scholarships. Holly Brown of Black River Electric Co-op received $2,500 to help fund her studies at the University of South Carolina. Palmetto Electric member Jane Celic-Thompson also received $2,500 toward her studies at Technical College of the Lowcountry.
In addition, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded last year to Amanda Winburn of Pee Dee Electric to complete her studies at Coker College.
Application forms are now available for the 2017 WIRE scholarship. The program is open to women who may not have been able to attend college after high school but now want to further their education. WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification, a community service organization affiliated with the electric cooperatives in South Carolina) awards the scholarship based on financial need and personal goals.
An applicant for the WIRE scholarship must:
- be a member of a South Carolina electric cooperative
- have graduated from high school or earned her GED at least 10 years ago
- be accepted into an accredited S.C. college or university, and
- demonstrate financial need and personal goals.
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 scholarship, which can be used for the fall 2017 or spring 2018 semester, will be paid jointly to the winner and her college of choice.
Applications are available at your local electric cooperative or by download from SCLiving.coop/scholarship. The deadline to apply is June 3. Mail your completed application to WIRE Scholarship Committee, Attention: Bobbie Cook, Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 417, Aiken, S.C. 29802, or fax to (803) 641-8310.