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Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation awards scholarships to 20 local students
Foundation has given over $1 million in scholarships since 2006
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The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently awarded $5000 scholarships to 20 local high school seniors, including one from Dawson County, reaching a total of over $1 million in scholarships since 2006. 

According to a press release by the organization, the foundation recently awarded scholarships to 20 local high school seniors, in support of its mission to support education in the areas that Sawnee EMC serves. 

“The Youth Scholarship Program is a shining example of what the Foundation and Sawnee EMC are all about, which is their commitment to being a partner and supporter in the various communities Sawnee EMC serves,” Sawnee EMC Member Services Vice President Blake House said in the release. 

Among the 20 seniors who received scholarships in 2022 is one Dawson County High School senior, Jacob Hamil. The other students who received scholarships are: 

  • Tafton Barber, Sequoyah High School

  • Delaney Bourg, Denmark High School

  • Anna Connelly, Creekview High School

  • Gabriella Finamore, West Forsyth High School 

  • Shigdha Ganjikunta, Alliance Academy for Innovation 

  • Gillian Garner, North Forsyth High School

  • Anthony Giordano, Alliance Academy for Innovation 

  • Gisel Hernandez-Vazquez, Alliance Academy for Innovation 

  • Cailee Jackson, North Forsyth High School

  • Ameya Jadhav, Denmark High School 

  • Kathryn Kuchinski, Lambert High School

  • Wesley Lanter, Sequoyah High School 

  • Jeremy Leurart, West Forsyth High School

  • Mercedes Martinez, South Forsyth High School

  • Victoria May, Lumpkin County High School

  • Mehar Nemani, Centennial High School

  • Lenna Park, North Gwinnett High School 

  • Hannah Shin, Lambert High School

  • Aspen Townley, North Forsyth High School 

Including this year’s recipients, to date the Foundation has awarded $1,052,500 in scholarships to 252 exceptional high school seniors within Sawnee EMC’s seven-county service area, the release said. 

“Supporting those in need in our communities, and helping these outstanding students continue their education is a key part of meeting the Foundation’s core mission,” Evonda Mathis, chairman of the Foundation’s board, said in the release. “We look forward to seeing the exciting things this year’s recipients will accomplish after high school.” 

For more information about this program or about the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation, go to or contact Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs for Sawnee EMC, at 678-455-1399 or via email at