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College Scholarship Winners Announced

Seventeen local students are the inaugural recipients of the Flint Energies Foundation College Scholarship. The following winners will each receive a $2,500 scholarship towards their college education for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Abigail Lord / Byron, Georgia / Middle Georgia State University

Adit Vaidya / Warner Robins, Georgia / Middle Georgia State University

Lucy Chen / Warner Robins, Georgia / University of Georgia

Kelsey Tavalero / Kathleen, Georgia / University of Georgia

Jessica Tallant / Macon, Georgia / University of Georgia

Madison Tinsley / Warner Robins, Georgia / Mercer University

Jillian Pritchett / Warner Robins, Georgia / Wesleyan College

Sarah Currier / Byron, Georgia / Georgia Institute of Technology

Tanner Jones / Perry, Georgia / Georgia Institute of Technology

Jazmin Carswell / Macon, Georgia / University of Georgia

Katherine Cart / Warner Robins, Georgia / Middle Georgia State University

Tabitha Lamberth / Perry, Georgia / Columbus State University

Steven Smith / Butler, Georgia / Georgia Southern University

Levi Smith / Warner Robins, Georgia / Kennesaw State University

Rachel Hastings / Byron, Georgia / Middle Georgia State University

Jacob Vagott / Centerville, Georgia / Georgia Institute of Technology

Kiana Drummond / Bonaire, Georgia / University of Florida

Flint Energies, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is committed to providing service to its members with accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community. Scholarship applicants were required to complete an application which included four short essays, explaining how they demonstrate these core values in their lives. A panel of retired educators judged these essays blindly, and those scores – coupled with the students’ grade-point averages and financial need – determined the winners. The Flint Energies Foundation Scholarship is limited to students whose primary residence is within one of the 17 counties served by Flint Energies:  Bibb, Chattahoochee, Crawford, Dooly, Harris, Houston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Muscogee, Peach, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Twiggs and Upson.

“We’re delighted to assist these accomplished students achieve their dream of a college education. This is the first time we have been able to award scholarships and we are looking forward to assisting many more students for years to come,” says Marian McLemore, Manager of Public Relations at Flint Energies.

More than $80,000 in scholarships was awarded by Flint Energies and the Flint Energies Foundation this spring. Four scholarships, worth $1,000 each, were awarded to students pursuing a technical college degree. Seventeen scholarships, worth $2,500 each, were awarded to students pursuing a degree at a four-year college or university. In addition, 100 scholarships, worth $160 each, were awarded to students pursuing a general equivalency diploma (GED).

The applications for the 2017 scholarship program will be posted on the cooperative’s website in December 2016. The next round of scholarships will be awarded in May 2017.

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