Scholarship board awards record number of grants

Published 12:45 pm Friday, May 19, 2023

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Thirty graduating high school seniors in Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) service area are receiving Southside Opportunity Fund (SOF) scholarships to help with the costs of higher education.

In late April, the SOF board selected the 30 recipients to receive $36,000 in scholarships after reviewing applications and personal statements from 47 students. The recipients, who represent 13 of the 18 counties served by SEC, received scholarships of either $2,000 or $1,000.

“By investing in the future of our young students, we are not only helping them achieve their personal goals, but we are investing in a brighter future for Southside Virginia,” said SEC President and CEO Jason Loehr.

Receiving a $2,000 scholarship is Kathryn Hamilton. Receiving $1,000 scholarships are Misha Clark, Sarah Mason and Rayah Edelson. All four students attend Randolph-Henry High School.

Since the scholarship program started in 2016, 171 grants totaling $199,000 have been awarded.

Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process based on financial need, academic achievement and a personal statement. Students’ parents or guardians must be SEC members.