Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $33,000 in college scholarships to 12 students across its service area.

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

In Watauga County, Aaron Lubkemann received $2,000 to attend Appalachian State University.

Jackson Markus received $2,000 to attend East Tennessee State University.

Mary Louise Sprague received $4,000 to attend North Carolina State University.

This year marks the 60th year Blue Ridge Energy has awarded college scholarships.

To date, nearly 500 area students and citizens have received $511,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.