Southern Rivers Energy Proudly Announces the 2018 SRE Trust Scholarship Winners
Southern Rivers Energy and the Southern Rivers Energy Trust, Inc. awarded $15,000 in scholarships to five local students. This year the Trust received 36 qualified applications from across the nine-county service territory to be judged blindly by a scholarship panel made up of retired teachers. Applicants were evaluated on the core values that Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, like Southern Rivers Energy, incorporate in their business model: innovation, integrity, accountability and commitment to community. The scholarship committee also reviewed GPA, community and school involvement and letters of recommendation.
This year's $3,000 scholarship recipients are: Victoria Barnes of Griffin from Spalding High School; Jordan Carr of Forsyth from Mary Persons High School; Bayleigh Jackson of Thomaston from Upson-Lee High School; Hannah Nauck of Concord from Pike County High School; and Taylor Smith of Zebulon from Pike County High School.
The SRE Trust Scholarship program is funded by SRE’s Operation Round Up® program. In addition to the scholarships, the SRE Trust also funds projects from deserving charitable community organizations and individuals and the Bright Ideas teacher grant program. Bright Ideas and the SRE Trust Scholarship program combined distribute $30,000 directly to education each year. This is in addition to any grants that schools may receive from the parent Operation Round Up® program. Since 2007, the SRE Trust has awarded $170,000 in scholarships to local students.