Women returning to school to earn college degrees have until June 1 to apply for financial assistance from the 2021 Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship program.
Sponsored by Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE), a service organization associated with South Carolina’s electric cooperatives, the scholarship is a one-time award based on financial need and personal goals.
“One of our Horry Electric members, Charliss Wilson, was awarded this scholarship in 2020,” says Susan Brown, WIRE coordinator at Horry Electric. You can read more about Wilson in our October 2020 edition of South Carolina Living magazine.
The scholarship is named after Jenny Ballard, who founded WIRE 40 years ago. The Opportunity Scholarship program began funding education for women returning to college in 2004.
Application forms for the 2021 WIRE scholarship are available online, or you can download a copy here.
Applicants for the program must:
- Be a member of Horry Electric or another South Carolina electric cooperative.
- Have graduated from high school or earned a GED at least 10 years ago.
- Be accepted into an accredited S.C. college or university.
- Demonstrate financial need and clear academic goals.
Recipients will receive the scholarships for the fall 2021 or spring 2022 semester, with funds paid to the college or university.
Completed application forms can be attached to an email addressed to Peggy.Dantzler@ecsc.org, or mailed to:
The Electric Cooperatives of S.C., Inc.
808 Knox Abbott Drive
Cayce, S.C. 29033