Apply for 2021 WIRE scholarships


Women returning to school to earn college degrees may now apply for financial assistance from the 2021 Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship program.

Sponsored by Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE), a service organization associated with South Carolina’s electric cooperatives, the scholarship is a one-time award based on financial need and personal goals.

In 2020, two candidates each received a $2,500 award. 

Charliss Wilson (left), a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, used her scholarship to continue her education at the Marion County School of Practical Nursing in the Academy for Careers and Technology. Along with traditional financial aid, Wilson says the scholarship was “truly a blessing” as she works toward completing her training to become a licensed practical nurse. 

For Lana Colombo, a member of Santee Electric Cooperative, the scholarship helped pay tuition at Trident Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Charleston, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. 

“Scholarships to me were like getting a ride to Mars. I never in a million years thought that I would get one,” says Colombo. “It just proves to me that I can do what I said I was going to do.”

Applicants for the program must:

- Be a member of a South Carolina electric cooperative.
- Have graduated from high school or earned a GED at least 10 years ago.
- Be accepted into an accredited S.C. college or university.
- Demonstrate financial need and clear academic goals.

The deadline for applications is June 1, 2021. Recipients will receive scholarships for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester, with funds paid directly to the college or university.

To apply for the 2021 scholarship, use the online form at

Paper forms are available at your local electric cooperative and can be downloaded here.

Completed forms can be attached to an email addressed to, or mailed to Peggy Dantzler, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, 808 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce, SC 29033.

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April 2021 digital edition