Two scholarship programs help high school seniors who want to
continue their education at a college, vocational or technical school.
South Central Power Scholarship
Applications are available each January at participating high schools for South
Central Power's annual scholarship contest. The program provides graduating high school
seniors with additional funds for higher education at a college, vocational or technical
school. Scholarship applicants must be the son or daughter of South Central Power consumers.
A total of six students - three boys and three girls - receive a $400 cash scholarship.
From that group, the judges rank the winners, with the first place winners receiving an
additional $200 and second place winners an additional $100. The first place winners go
on to compete in the statewide competition sponsored by Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives,
Inc. The top statewide prize is a $2,900 cash scholarship.
High school guidance counselors throughout the co-op's service area choose their
school's scholarship candidates. Each high school has its own application process, and
one boy and one girl may be selected. Each candidate will go through an interview session
hosted by the Co-op, allowing the judges to speak with each individual. Those interviews
typically are held in St. Clairsville, Circleville and Lancaster.
Touchstone Special Achievement Scholarship
Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives offers a scholarship to four high school students. There
are 4 $1,700.00 awards given. The students are judged on how well their activities reflect the Touchstone Energy core values of accountability,
integrity, innovation and commitment to community, as well as their drive and dedication to
achieving a college education despite personal obstacles or specially challenges.
The graduating high school seniors must be children whose parents or guardians are electric members
of an Ohio rural electric cooperative. Applications are submitted directly to OREC.