SEC offers scholarships for graduating seniors

Published 1:40 pm Thursday, March 16, 2023

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Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) wants to help graduating high school seniors with the costs of higher education.

The Cooperative’s Southside Opportunity Fund is accepting scholarship applications through March 27. High school and home-school seniors who receive electricity at their homes from SEC and are heading to a college or trade/technical school for the first time this fall are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

The scholarship board uses a combination of weighted criteria in the selection process: 45% financial need, 45% academic achievement and 10% personal statement. Scholarships of either $1,000 or $2,000 will be paid to the students’ schools for tuition, student fees, lodging or textbooks. Proof of admission will be required if selected for a scholarship, which will be awarded this spring.

The Southside Opportunity Fund is part of SEC’s longtime commitment to educating today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs and reflects the Cooperative’s desire to enhance the communities it serves. Since 2016, the scholarship fund has awarded 141 grants totaling $163,000. Additional dollars have been provided for students attending the Power Line Worker Training School in Blackstone.

More information, an application and list of the documents that must be submitted can be found at