Pedernales Electric announced the 14 area high school seniors receiving scholarships from the Co-op during an April reception held in the students’ honor at the Co-op’s headquarters in Johnson City.
“By helping our local students pursue their educational goals, we are investing in their future, as well as the future of our local communities,” said PEC Vice President of Member Services Eddie Dauterive, who also serves as the PEC Scholarship Committee President.
For more than a decade, the Co-op has offered scholarships to local high school and home-schooled seniors in its service area. This year, 345 students applied for 14 scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.
Lisa Hsi, a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, received the top scholarship worth $10,000. Hsi will be attending Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, this fall to study chemistry and pharmacy. “This scholarship means a lot to me. It has allowed me to consider schools out of state, already giving me greater opportunities,” Hsi said. “I am grateful that an organization [PEC] believes in me and is willing to invest in my education to help me accomplish my goals.”
Recipients were selected based on their applicant profiles, including academic performance, community involvement, extracurricular activities and financial need. Applicants also were evaluated on an essay in which they were asked to identify a person, nonprofit organization or special interest group dedicated to serving their community and to explain how the group has helped influence them.
“We received some amazing responses from students,” said Dauterive. “As a cooperative, PEC strives to bring added value, services and opportunities to our members and communities, and it’s encouraging to see the positive influences and strong support systems our local young adults have.”
To learn more about PEC’s scholarship program, visit www.pec.coop/scholarship.