Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $32,000 in college scholarships to nine students across its service area who are seeking to further their academic goals.

The scholarships are part of the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track program which is designed to help high school students better prepare for acceptance into the college of their dreams.

In Watauga County, two students received a total of $7,000.
Caroline Hoover, daughter of Stephen and Julie Hoover, $4,000 to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
Emerson Huffman, daughter of Christopher and Brooke Huffman, $3,000 to attend North Carolina State University.

In Ashe County, two students received a total of $8,000.
Zoe Schell, daughter of Michael and Dena Schell, $4,000 to attend North Carolina State University;
Karoline Keith, daughter of Brent and Michelle Keith, $4,000 to attend Appalachian State University

In Alleghany County, two students received a total of $8,000.
Hope Gambill, daughter of Greg and Jill Gambill, $4,000 to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
Rylie LaRue, daughter of Coby and Emily LaRue, $4,000 to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track students begin college preparations in their freshman or sophomore year and develop leadership skills while preparing for the college acceptance and scholarship interview process. Leadership Track students also receive real life skills like money management, social etiquette, and public speaking. As seniors, Leadership Track students are invited to apply for renewable scholarships worth up to $4,000 each.

This year marks the 61st year Blue Ridge has awarded college scholarships. To date, 485 area students and citizens have received $542,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track, visit our website, BlueRidgeEnergy.com and click on the “Community” tab or contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at (828) 759-8994 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Blue Ridge Energy serves some 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Wilkes, Avery, and Alexander counties. The cooperative also has two subsidiary companies, Blue Ridge Energy Propane and Fuels which serves residential and commercial customers, and RidgeLink, a business-to-business telecommunications and broadband provider.