Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $32,000 in college scholarships to fifteen students across its service area seeking to further their academic goals.
The scholarships are part of the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track program designed to help high school students better prepare for acceptance into the college of their dreams.
In Alleghany County, three students received a total of $7,000. The Alleghany recipients are:
Makenzie Lyall, daughter of Michael and Kayla Lyall, $3,000 to attend Appalachian State University;
Avery Hamm, daughter of Derrick and Kendall Hamm, $2,000 to attend Lenoir Rhyne University;
Jerry Sadler, son of Jerry and Vickie Sadler, $2,000 to attend Virginia Tech.
In Ashe County, four students received a total of $8,000. The Ashe recipients are:
Jacob Reavis, son of Clark and Joanne Reavis, $2,000 to attend Appalachian State University;
Ashley Dollar, daughter of Jeff and Amy Dollar, $2,000 to attend Campbell University;
Camden Current, son of Cameron and Judy Current, $2,000 to attend North Carolina State University;
Autumn Blackburn, daughter of David and Kathy Blackburn, $2,000 to attend Appalachian State University.
In Caldwell County, three students received a total of $7,000. The Caldwell recipients are:
Aidan Crooke, son of Arex and Anna Crooke, $2,000 to attend Emerson College;
Ian Anderson, son of Doyle and Kim Anderson, $2,000 to attend Western Carolina University;
Nahum Garnes, son of James and Tiffany Garnes, $3,000 to attend Lenoir Rhyne University.
In Watauga County, five students received a total of $10,000. The Watauga recipients are:
Molly Kirkland, daughter of Danny and Jackie Kirkland, $3,000 to attend James Madison University;
Libby Glidewell, daughter of Powell and Mary Glidewell, $2,000 to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
Riley Kiker, daughter of Gaines and Susan Kiker, $2,000 to attend North Carolina State University;
Cassidy Johnson, daughter of Gary and Stephanie Johnson, $1,500 to attend Appalachian State University;
David Sprague, son of David and Diane Sprague, $1,500 to attend the 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 62nd year Blue Ridge has awarded college scholarships. To date, 500 area students and citizens have received $574,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.