2019-02-06 / School News

Planters EMC provides opportunities for local students

Planters Electric has two opportunities to help local students further their educational experiences. The two programs reach out to high school juniors and seniors, as well as undergraduate college students.

For juniors, the company is offering an all-expense-paid trip to the 2019 Washington Youth Tour, which will take place this summer, June 13-20. Three students will be chosen as delegates and will travel to Washington D.C. alongside more than 100 other high school juniors from across the state.

“The fast-paced, high-energy program is designed to give students a taste of democracy in action, expose them to the nation’s rich history through visits to national monuments and museums and encourage students to become politically aware citizens,” Planters EMC spokesperson Randy Hill said, adding that participants get an up-close look at our government while having fun, making new friends, gaining leadership skills and becoming politically aware citizens in the process.

Delegates will also receive a $1,000 scholarship for their participation.

To apply, students must write a 500- to 1,000-word essay on a topic that is provided.

Planters EMC is also accepting applications for the Walter Harrison Scholarship from area high school seniors and current undergraduate college students. Eleven students will be selected for the $1,000 award, which is applicable to the academic expenses incurred from any accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical institute within the state. A committee comprised of EMC directors and managers will judge blind applications and select recipients who demonstrate a financial need and also excel academically and as a member of the community.

For additional information o the Washington Youth Tour, contact Hill or Whitney Dixon at 478.982.4722. Applications for the Walter Harrison Scholarship are available online at www.plantersemc.com under the forms tab.

The deadline for both is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. All essays (along with applications) must be submitted to any Planters EMC office by the deadline.

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