Four students have been awarded scholarships through the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation for their community college studies beginning this fall.
Savannah Salter of Beaufort and Gabe Mills of Newport were awarded scholarships at Craven Community College. Shellee Lyons of Cape Carteret and Carissa Dixon of Newport were awarded scholarships at Carteret Community College.
Salter will begin her physical therapy assistant studies at Craven Community College. Mills will be entering the 2+2 engineering program at Craven Community College. Lyons is seeking a two-year degree in medical assisting, while Dixon is pursuing a nursing degree.
“In the current economic environment, finding money for college can be daunting, if not impossible,” said Lisa Galizia, Communications Director at Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative. “We hope these scholarships will help ease the financial burden and open doors of opportunity for these students.”
The scholarships pay $250 per semester for a total of $1,000 per student for up to two years of school. Funding for the scholarships is made possible through Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative members who participate in Operation RoundUP(r). Each month, participants’ electric bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar amount. The funds generated are managed by a foundation board, selected by the cooperative’s directors.
The cooperative, which administers the scholarship program, provides power to more than 42,000 accounts in Carteret, Craven, Jones, and Onslow counties. The cooperative is part of a nationwide family of electric cooperatives exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.