(ORANGE COUNTY) - Each year, Orange County REMC awards scholarships to local students.
The scholarship program is funded by the Operation Round Up program and is intended to recognize the academic and community achievements of outstanding young people and assist in developing their understanding of community issues.
Each winning student receives a one-time $750 scholarship.
The 2013 recipients are Allison Landreth of Mitchell High School, Alyssa Fowler of Orleans High School, Aaron Key of Paoli High School, Karington Lowe of Springs Valley High School and Chad Thompson of West Washington High School.
The scholarship program is open to any student enrolled as a senior in high school in Orleans, Paoli, Springs Valley, Mitchell, Crawford County, or West Washington High School.
Eligible students must also plan to attend an Indiana accredited post-secondary school, and have a parent, legal guardian, or primary relative that is a member of Orange County REMC participating in Operation Roundup at the time of scholarship application.
Operation Round Up is a voluntary program that allows REMC members to "round up" their electric bills to the next dollar. This added amount is collected in a trust fund, overseen by an independent group of trustees and disbursed through grants.
Local residents can make applications for the grants by filling out the appropriate paperwork. To date, more than $307,435 has been awarded in grants and scholarships through the program.
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