Amicalola EMC has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 132 high school graduates from Dawson, Cherokee, Gilmer, Lumpkin and Pickens counties. Fourteen of the scholarship recipients were from Dawson County, according to a press release by the company.
The 14 scholarship recipients from Dawson County are:
“Amicalola EMC would like to say congratulations to all the students and especially the Class of 2020,” the release said. “We are proud to support these young adults as they strive to continue their education and we wish them much success in their future endeavors.”
Amicalola EMC Director of Public Relations Stacey Fields said in the release that the scholarships were based on a variety of factors.
“Amicalola EMC scholarships are awarded based upon grade point average, SAT/ACT scores and financial need,” Fields said. “To be eligible, students must reside in a household whose power is supplied by Amicalola EMC.”
In addition to the scholarships awarded to the high school seniors, eight high school juniors were awarded a total of $5,000 in the Washington Youth Tour competition.
Normally, Amicalola EMC hosts an annual youth awards banquet to recognize the winners and to award them with their scholarships. But this year will be different in the wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, according to Fields.
“This year, due to the coronavirus, our banquet, which was scheduled for March 19, was canceled,” Fields said. “The funds are sent directly to the colleges — students notify us of their school choice.”