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Sawnee Foundation gives $100K in scholarships to local students

The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation awarded 20 local high school seniors each with a $5,000 scholarship, including 11 from Forsyth County, in support of its mission to support education in the areas served by Sawnee EMC.  

“The Youth Scholarship Program is a shining example of what the Foundation and Sawnee EMC are all about; which is their commitment to being a partner and supporter in the various communities Sawnee EMC serves,” said Blake House, vice president of Sawnee EMC’s Member Services. 

Sawnee EMC Foundation local scholarship recipients for 2021 are:

• Jasmine Song, Lambert High School; 

• Christopher Kelly, West Forsyth High School;

• Kevin Maranto, West Forsyth High School;

• Colby Louise Hetzel, West Forsyth High School;

• Grace Lim, Denmark High School;

• Lauren Stephens, North Forsyth High School;

• Alana Murray, Alliance Academy;

• Vibha Mohan, South Forsyth High School;

• Kathleen Daly, Lambert High School;

• Tharini Kavitha, South Forsyth High School;

• Quinn Benson, Forsyth Central High School.

In the past 15 years, the Foundation has awarded $852,500 in scholarships to 212 exceptional high schools seniors within Sawnee EMC’s seven-county service area.

“Supporting those in need in our communities, and helping these outstanding students continue their education is a key part of meeting the Foundation’s core mission,” said Deborah Pelfrey, chairman of the Foundation’s Board.  

Questions about the program or the Sawnee Foundation can be found online at or directed to Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs for Sawnee EMC at 678-455-1399 or via email at