MTE Customers Care recently awarded scholarships for 10 local students.
The winners of the $2,000 scholarships were: Garrison Gunter from Cannon County; Evan Dunne, Alyssa Summar, Michael Harber, Rachel Elrod and Anthony Akers from Rutherford County; Hannah Turnage and Allie Clark from Williamson County; and Heather Sandefur and Morgan Tungate from Wilson County.
Scholarship winners must be an MTEMC member or child of a member, and they must use the monies to attend a Tennessee 2- or 4-year accredited college or trade school.
"The cooperative's seven principles include a commitment to education, and we strive to do that by being involved in our school systems," MTEMC Community Relations Coordinator Cathy Mitchell said. "These scholarships are another way we can add to that effort."
Prospective students must fill out an application and complete a one-page essay stating how the scholarship funds would benefit their personal goals. All essays are judged by a group of volunteer school teachers from the MTEMC service area.
The scholarship applicants are judged on a point system that considers financial need, grade point average, involvement in community service, leadership roles and the personal essay. The applicants with the top point totals were awarded the scholarships.
The scholarships are funded through Operation Round Up monies, which are administered by the Customers Care Board. Operation Round Up began in 2003 and since that time has distributed more than $8 million into the communities Middle Tennessee Electric serves.