Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (VREC) recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to 15 high school seniors and students already enrolled in post-secondary institutions.

The co-op’s Brighter Future Scholarship Program was established in 2010 to assist eligible students who are either cooperative members or their dependents. To date, VREC has conferred nearly $210,000 in scholarship grants. Selection criteria include academic achievement, financial need and school activities and community service.

The money to finance this initiative comes from unclaimed capital credit refunds that previously had to be turned over to the state treasury. However, thanks to the efforts of the cooperative’s political advocates, these resources can now be kept in co-op communities and used to assist consumers who are facing financial hardships, to support civic organizations and to fund educational programs.

The following 12 public high school seniors received scholarships from VREC:

From Bedford County, Brittany A. Chadwick of James Creek, a student at Tussey Mountain High School and the daughter of Annette and Darrin Chadwick, will be attending Juniata College.

From Blair County, Madeline P. Metzler of Martinsburg, a student at Central High School and the daughter of Marshall and Holly Metzler, will be attending Lock Haven University; Alyssa M. Reed of Roaring Spring, a student at Central High School and the daughter of Jamie and Travis Dunmire, will be attending Juniata College; Olivia P. Locke of Portage, a student at Claysburg-Kimmel High School and the daughter of Darron and Melissa Locke, will be attending Penn State University; and Alexandria B. Auerbeck and Alycia B. Auerbeck of Hollidaysburg, students at Hollidaysburg Area High School and daughters of David and Tracy Auerbeck, will both be attending Penn State University.

From Fulton County, Rebecca M. Wenschhof of Needmore, a student at McConnellsburg High School and the daughter of Ed and Lisa Wenschhof, will be attending Shippensburg University.

From Huntingdon County, Rachel E. Gwinn of James Creek, a student at Huntingdon Area High School and the daughter of Allen and Heather Gwinn, will be attending Lebanon Valley College; Sean T. McLaughlin of Petersburg, a student at Huntingdon Area High School and the son of Laurie and Mark McLaughlin, will be attending Northland College; Alexis J. Danish of Shirleysburg, a student at Mount Union Area High School and the daughter of Joe and Keli Danish, will be attending Penn State University; Mikara G. Anderson of Three Springs, a student at Southern Huntingdon County High School and the daughter of Gerald and Holly Anderson, will be attending Penn State University; and Brooke A. Carbaugh of Orbisonia, a student at Southern Huntingdon County High School and the daughter of William and Pamela Harbaugh, will be attending Hope College.

In addition, Heather R. Pearson of Hollidaysburg, daughter of Mark and Fiona Pearson and a 2019 graduate of the Grier School who’s planning to attend Oberlin College and Conservatory, was selected to receive a Brighter Future scholarship.

Two high school graduates from previous years also received scholarships from Valley REC for the 2019-20 academic year: Brian P. McLaughlin of Petersburg, son of Mark and Laurie McLaughlin and a 2016 graduate of Huntingdon Area High School, will be attending Penn State; and Kala Kanthi Mensah-Dzomley of Port Royal, daughter of Yasoda and Madhava Mensah-Dzomley and a 2016 graduate of home schooling, will be attending Cornish College of the Arts.

Valley Rural Electric is a member-owned cooperative that provides electric service to consumers in eight counties of southcentral Pennsylvania, including Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin.

For more information about Valley Rural Electric Cooperative’s Brighter Future Scholarship Program, call (800) 432-0680 or visit www.valleyrec.com and follow the Programs and Services link to the Scholarships section.

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