CREA gets a charge out of dispersing scholarships

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Columbia Rural Electric Association has application packets for its 2013 scholarship program.

Members or dependents of members with an active account served by Columbia REA are eligible for funds for the school term that starts fall 2013.

Four scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants. Three are academic scholarships. One of the three, the Clark A. Brewington Memorial Scholarship, is for $1,500 and will be awarded to the highest-scoring applicant. The remaining two scholarships will be in the amount of $1,000 each. Once awarded, these scholarships will be renewable for up to three additional consecutive years, provided the recipient remains a student in good standing with at least a 2.75 grade point average at an accredited institution, according to an announcement from the Dayton-based energy cooperative.

A fourth scholarship is available for eligible applicants wishing to pursue a career in the electric industry as a journey lineman. This scholarship was established in remembrance of Jeff Meredith, a journeyman with CREA. The Jeff Meredith Scholarship is for $1,000 and for one year only. The Jeff Meredith Scholarship is available to any applicant — not just members of Columbia REA.

Application packets are available at Columbia REA’s offices in Dayton and Walla Walla and at all high schools within the co-op’s service area. A complete application packet is also available on the Columbia REA Website at www.columbiarea.coop.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 15. Recipients will be notified by March 29. The winners of the scholarships will be introduced at the annual membership meeting in April.

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