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2019 Power My World Scholarship Judges (L-R) Sandra Strickland, Lin Grado and Judy Rowton had their work cut out for them in their task to select the scholarship winners from so many qualified applicants.

QUITMAN, TX – April 24, 2019  

A panel of 3 independent judges recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships as part of Wood County Electric Cooperative’s (WCEC) “Power My World” program.  Ten local high school students, residing within WCEC’s 9-county service area, will each receive a $1,000 scholarship towards continuing education.   The program is funded entirely by unclaimed capital credit payments returned to WCEC by the state and does not come from WCEC’s operating budget. 

The independent judges were comprised of WCEC members: Lin Grado, Quitman; Judy Rowton, Grand Saline; Sandra Strickland, Winnsboro. These judges used various criteria to down-select the winners from 40 qualified applicants.  Each judge was tasked with reviewing the submissions, accompanying academic records, and lists of civic and community achievements.  Additionally, each student was required to submit an essay which was read by the judges.  Based on their outstanding work and achievements, the 10 2019 Power My World scholarship recipients are:

Madison Bizzel, Alba-Golden High School; Colton Brown, Lindale High School; Lillie Danner, Quitman High School; Dalton Decker, Mt. Vernon High School; Abby Dobbs, Quitman; Jillian Gilchrist, Van High School; Dempsey Horton, Lone Oak High School; Daryn MCKee, Winnsboro High School; Macie Pendergrass, Alba-Golden High School; and Marshall Rogers, Winnsboro High School.

Of those selected, WCEC CEO/General Manager Debbie Robinson said, “Each year we have an outstanding group of applicants.  It’s increasingly challenging for the judges to pick from such an accomplished group.  Through these scholarships, we are especially pleased to be able to play a role in helping the recipients pursue their individual goals”

Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit electric cooperative with the mission of providing member-customers reliable electric service at a reasonable rate.  WCEC serves over 34,000 meters in parts of nine counties throughout northeast Texas, including Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.