Membership in an electric cooperative has many perks, especially if you’re a senior in high school with college aspirations.
- Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative has a long history of supporting education
- Our programs show CVEC’s commitment to this cause, such as:
- Hotline demonstrations, which teach students about the dangers of electricity
- Youth Tour, which educates high school juniors about the cooperative history and business practices
Another is Coosa Valley Electric’s scholarship program.
- Each year, the cooperative awards $4,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in its service area who meet the requirements and pass the panel interview process
- Students may use these scholarships at traditional 4-year and 2-year institutions as well as trade and technical schools
Applying for a Scholarship
- Students applying for these scholarships must do more than carry high marks
- Their applications include:
- Involvement in school and community organizations
- Cumulative grade point average
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Proof of residency on CVEC’s system
- School transcript
- Family financial information
How Scholarships Are Awarded
- An initial review panel sifts through all of the applications and chooses the top 5 which are then forwarded to a selection committee
- While good grades are important, selection committee members must award scores based on course load, the level of activities outside of required school functions, and the family’s true financial need.
- The selection committee also asks the top 5 students to submit to an oral interview
- To prepare for this interview, students should ask a parent, school counselor, or teacher to grill on personal questions
- The interviewer should think of it kind of like conducting a job interview
- Questions such as “What are your plans for the next 3 years?” and “Why do you feel you deserve this scholarship?” are appropriate to get the students ready