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Utility offers scholarships, youth tour
First deadline for Sawnee EMC is Friday
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Forsyth County News

How to apply
Students interested in the scholarship or Washington Youth Tour can find both applications at To learn more, contact Cindy Badgett at (678) 455-1539.

Sawnee Electric Membership Corp. is offering two educational opportunities for high school students.

Seniors are invited to apply for a Sawnee EMC scholarship, and students ages 16 to 18 can apply for the corporation's annual Washington Youth Tour.

Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs, said the original deadline for the scholarship program was Jan. 14. It was extended to 5 p.m. Friday due to last week's winter weather.

Scholarships will be awarded to students from the Sawnee EMC territory, which consists of parts of Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties.

To qualify to apply, a student must be a senior this year whose permanent residence is served by Sawnee EMC. Students must complete an application and essay.

Badgett said about 80 students typically apply. The number of scholarships varies from year to year, but they will be awarded to about seven students in 2011.

The amount of the award also varies, based on the funding available through Sawnee's Operation Round Up program, in which customers can round up their bills to the next whole dollar amount. The extra cents go to various charitable programming.

Last year, each student received $3,500, said Badgett, noting that recipients will be selected by a panel of three retired educators.

Students interested in the Washington Youth Tour, an all-expense paid week-long trip to Washington D.C., have until 5 p.m. Feb. 18 to apply.

Each year, Sawnee chooses two high school students to serve as delegates on the trip, during which they will join some 100 other Georgia students and hundreds from across the country.

Funding for the Washington delegates comes from the Sawnee corporation.

This year's trip, set for June 9-16, will include tours of city, meetings with state and national leaders, and leadership training. 

"It's a fast-paced, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see how America works," Badgett said.