Piedmont Electric has awarded four Orange County Schools (OCS) high school graduates college scholarships based on academic excellence and community commitment.

“We are proud to award these scholarships to such exceptional students in our communities,” Steve Hamlin, Piedmont Electric President and CEO, said in a Piedmont Electric press release. “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 students each received $2,000 for college expenses. 

The scholarship winners were Grace Dively, an Orange High School (OHS) graduate who will attend N.C. State University to study chemical engineering, Lauren Behringer, an OHS graduate who will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study mathematics and economics, Rachel Tucker, a Cedar Ridge High School graduate who will attend N.C. State University to study applied mathematics and statistics, and Rowan Marshall, a Middle College High School graduate who will attend Florida Southern College to study marine biology and environmental studies.

The four OCS recipients were part of a seven student group throughout Piedmont Electric’s six-county service territory who received scholarships from the Piedmont Electric Helping Hand Foundation.

Piedmont Electric’s college scholarship program has been in existence since 1997. Graduating high school seniors whose parents, grandparents or guardians are Piedmont Electric members are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship. Those who will graduate in 2020 can apply for scholarships online at www.pemc.ccop/scholarships starting Sept. 1.

Piedmont Electric is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 32,000 electric accounts in Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville and Person counties.