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NAEC announces scholarship winners

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is proud to announce that it has awarded $20,000 in educational scholarships to students. All of which, were made possible through contributions from members of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative to its Operation RoundUp program.

Jesseca Knapp from Norfork High School, Brandy DeLoach from Calico Rock High School, William Wehmeyer from Mountain Home High School, John Guffey and Cody Don Walker both from Viola High School, Taylor Woods from Cave City High School, Josh Shaw from Hillcrest High School, Kayley McCarty from Highland High School and Timothy Palmer - a previous recipient - were each awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for the 2012-2013 school year.

In addition, $7,000 was awarded to students that will be attending ASUMH. Those students include Joseph Roper and Leslie Shrable both from Viola High School, Devyn Bratten from ICC High School, Lindsay Teegarden from Norfork High School, Brooke McCurley from Calico Rock High School and two former recipients, Brayden McCurley and Kayla Reynolds.

Another $7,000 was set aside for students attending Ozarka College, of which $4,000 was awarded to graduating seniors and $3,000 will be awarded to non-traditional students in September.

Shira Bales of Viola High School, Laney Wiles and Deborah Denny both of ICC High School and Haley Hardaway of Melbourne High School were all awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Ozarka.

All of these students showed great scholastic achievements and were chosen among several others based on their application, cumulative grade point average, personal achievements, financial need and other criteria.

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. For example, a member's monthly bill of $52.73 would be automatically rounded up to $53.00, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation RoundUp fund. Since 2005, almost $100,000 has been collected through the program for educational scholarships and community projects.

According to Mel Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of NAEC, "Operation RoundUp is a worthwhile program that benefits all of our communities. Since its inception seven years ago, NAEC has had 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."

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.

Enrollment is strictly voluntary and can be terminated at any time.



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