The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation announced Tuesday that it recently awarded 15 Forsyth County high school seniors each with a $4,500 scholarship.
Twenty-six high school seniors in all were awarded scholarships from Sawnee EMC’s service area that includes Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties.
Local winners were:
• Ryan Caviness and Alyssa Franklin of Lambert;
• Kit Archer, Madison McKune and Emmie Rose Scates of North Forsyth;
• Prerana Dewan, Arjun Karanam, Katie Madden, Brian Shoffeitt and Charlee Warren of South Forsyth;
• and Madison Ammon, Christine Carpenter, Nathan Hillman, Allison Mehler and Kerrington Witherspoon of West Forsyth.
“Our Youth Scholarship Program is the perfect example of what the Foundation and Sawnee EMC are all about, which is our commitment to being a partner and supporter in the local communities we serve,” said Blake House, vice president of Sawnee EMC’s member services, in a press release.
The funding for the scholarship program is derived from Sawnee EMC’s abandoned patronage capital funds. These funds are separate and apart from the funds that Sawnee members voluntarily donate to the Foundation for distribution to local charitable organizations.
Through the Foundation, participating members voluntarily donate 1 cent at a time by “rounding” up their Sawnee EMC energy bill to the next highest dollar. Since its inception in April 2003, the Sawnee Foundation has donated more than $2,377,421.03 to local charitable organizations, to local schools through its “Bright Ideas” educational projects as well as through its Youth Scholarship Program.
In the past 13 years, the Foundation has awarded $628,000 in scholarships to 167 high school seniors within Sawnee EMC’s service area.