North Arkansas Electric Cooperative has announced that it has awarded $4,000 in educational scholarships to local graduating seniors. The scholarships were made possible through contributions from members of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative to its Operation RoundUp program.
Cortney Winter from Viola High School and Nicholas Bartz from Salem High School were each awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Winter and Bartz were two of four graduating seniors who were awarded scholarships.
"These two students showed great scholastic achievements and were chosen from among several other seniors based on their application, cumulative grade point average, personal achievements, financial need and other criteria," a spokesman said.
Operation RoundUp is a program implemented by North Arkansas Electric in April of 2005. Participants donate an average of $6 a year by rounding their electric bills to the next highest dollar. Since 2005, over $8,000 has been collected through the program for educational scholarships and community projects.
"Since its inception one year ago, NAEC has had over 1,500 members voluntarily participate. To me, that says a lot about the generosity of our membership and the concern they have for the communities and the welfare of our children," Coleman said.
Anyone who is a member of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative can enroll in the program by contacting NAEC directly or going online to www.naeci.com and clicking the Operation RoundUp icon.