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A financial boost is available to South Carolina women trying to earn a college degree, thanks to the 2016 WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship.
The WIRE scholarship offers a onetime, $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. An applicant for the WIRE scholarship must:
1) be a member of a South Carolina electric cooperative;
2) have graduated from high school or earned her GED at least 10 years ago;
3) be accepted into an accredited S.C. college or university; and
4) 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 2016 or spring 2017 semester, will be paid jointly to the winner and her college of choice.
Two women were awarded WIRE scholarships in 2015. Niki Roach Staley of Windsor, a member of Aiken Electric Cooperative, received a $2,500 award to attend USC-Aiken, working toward a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Leslie Shay Hardin of Easley, a member of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, enrolled at Converse College to earn a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in secondary education.
Applications are available at Lynches River Electric Cooperative or by download from www.scliving.coop. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2016. 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.