Zachary Barker of Cannon County High School is the recipient of a $4,000 college scholarship awarded by TVA and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation.
Barker, one of 30 scholarship winners chosen from 138 applicants through the TVA Power Distributors Scholarship Program, has a 4.0 grade point average and plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University.
Barker has served as the National Junior Beta Club Reporter and was 2009-2010 State National Beta Club President. He is a member of the Cannon County School Board as a student member. He plans to pursue a career in law. His father, John H. Barker, is an employee of Middle Tennessee EMC.
TVA and local utilities served by TVA created the scholarship program in 1995 for the children of local utilities’ employees. The scholarship program encourages students to excel while recognizing the strong partnerships between TVA and distributors of TVA power.
The program has provided more than $1 million in scholarships. The awards are based on the student’s high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience and statement of goals. Scholarship recipients are selected by a panel of college professors from across the Tennessee Valley.