Seven Local High School Students Awarded $2,000 Scholarships from Piedmont Electric’s Helping Hand Foundation

Hillsborough, June 2022 – Seven local high school students each received a $2,000 college scholarship from Piedmont Electric’s Helping Hand Foundation for their academic excellence and commitment to their communities. “We are proud to award these scholarships to such exceptional students in our communities,” said Steve Hamlin, Piedmont Electric’s president and general manager. “As an electric cooperative, Piedmont Electric strives to do more than keep the lights on. We want to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”

The scholarship winners are: 

Cale Cates, Alamance Burlington Early College, will be attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to study accounting through the Bryan School of Business and Economics and plans to one day own his own accounting firm.
Connor Cannon, Orange High School, will be attending the University of North Carolina at Asheville to study Environmental Science, focusing on ecology and environmental biology to hopefully make an impact on our climate crisis.
Emilie Grimm, East Chapel Hill High School, will be attending NC State University to study chemistry.
Kaitlyn Oakley, Bartlett Yancey High School, will be attending NC State University to nutrition sciences and then to physical therapy school to study for pediatrics.
Kaitlyn Wrenn, Person High School, will be attending NC State University to study agribusiness.
Michelle Morris, Cedar Ridge High School, will be attending NC State University to study statistics.

 

Rachel Clark, Burlington Christian Academy, will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study classics and pursue a career in post-secondary academia.

 

The seven recipients to receive this honor reside throughout Piedmont Electric’s six-county service area. The funding for these scholarships come from the Piedmont Electric Helping Hand Foundation who has made education a top focus of the charity organization. The foundation also awards six $1,500 scholarships to Piedmont Electric members who are attending Alamance Community College, Durham Technical Community College and Piedmont Community College. These scholarships are awarded to two students at each community college at the start of the fall semester.

Since 1997, Piedmont Electric has supported local students through their college scholarship program. Graduating high school seniors whose parents, grandparents or guardians are Piedmont Electric members are eligible to apply for a scholarship. The graduating class of 2023 can apply online starting Sept. 1.

Piedmont Electric is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 33,000 electric accounts in Person, Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville and Orange counties. Piedmont Electric exists to serve our members and improve the quality of life in our communities through local employment, economic development, business engagement, youth education, grants to educators, advocacy for energy issues, community involvement, broadband connectivity and emergency preparedness support. Visit www.pemc.coop for more information.