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Local students to receive statewide Walter Harrison Scholarship
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Austin Pitchford of Dawsonville and Emily Robinson of Jasper were recently named two of the 11 winners of the Walter Harrison Scholarship.

The Walter Harrison program is sponsored by the electric co-ops in Georgia, including Amicalola EMC.

Recipients were chosen by the selection committee based on their academic achievements, extracurricular activities and their service to their community.

This year, Pitchford  and Robinson competed against 75 other students from across Georgia who applied for the scholarship, which provides $1,000 to help offset the rising costs associated with obtaining a two- or four-year college degree.

The scholarship is named in honor of Walter Harrison, a pioneer in the rural electricity movement and a leader at the local, state and national levels in electric cooperative program.

Since 1987, more than $213,000 has been awarded to students through the Walter Harrison Scholarship fund.

The Scholarship was created in 1985 by the board of directors of Georgia EMC, a trade association representing the 41 electric cooperatives in Georgia, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.

Amicalola EMC, based in Jasper, is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to over 49,000 locations in Bartow, Cherokee, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Lumpkin, Murray and Pickens counties.