Local students win Piedmont Electric scholarships

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Two Person County high school graduates received $2,000 college scholarships from Piedmont Electric for their academic excellence and commitment to their communities.

“We are proud to award these scholarships to such exceptional students in our communities,” said Steve Hamlin, Piedmont Electric President and CEO. “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 Person County scholarship winners are: Bryce Gunter, of Firm Foundation Academy, will attend North Carolina State University in the fall to study computer science in the College of Engineering. Luke Clayton, of Person High School, will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study chemistry with hopes of pursuing a Ph.D in pharmaceutical studies.

Clayton and Gunter were two of seven recipients to receive this honor throughout Piedmont Electric’s six-county service territory. The Piedmont Electric Helping Hand Foundation awarded a total of $14,000 in college scholarships to outstanding local high school graduates.

Since 1997, Piedmont Electric has supported local students through their college scholarship program. Graduating high school seniors whose parents, grandparents or guardians are Piedmont Electric members are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship.

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