A $2,500 scholarship for women is awarded annually by WIRE, a community service organization affiliated with the electric co-ops in South Carolina.
The WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship is awarded to a woman who may not have been able to attend college when she graduated from high school but now wants to further her education. WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) 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 semesters, will be paid jointly to the winner and her college of choice.
Download the application here. The deadline to apply is June 1. 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.