Financial assistance is available for women returning to college from the 2022 Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship program.
Sponsored by Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE), the scholarship is a one-time award exclusively for electric cooperative members based on need and personal goals.
Applications for the 2022 WIRE scholarship must be submitted by June 1, 2022.
Please submit applications by June 1, 2022: apply online at www.ecsc.org, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to Peggy Dantzler, The Electric Cooperatives of SC, 808 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce, SC 29033.
Applicants must have graduated from high school or earned a GED at least 10 years ago and be accepted into an accredited S.C. college or university. Scholarship funds are paid to the institution for the fall 2022 or spring 2023 semesters.
“It takes courage and vision to pursue a college degree as a working adult,” says Tricia Smith, local WIRE director. “This scholarship is a chance to support these brave women, many of whom have already made so many sacrifices for their family.”
The scholarship is named after Jenny Ballard, who founded WIRE over 40 years ago. The Opportunity Scholarship program began funding education for women returning to college in 2004.
Applicants for the program must:
- Be a member of Little River 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 scholarships for the fall 2021 or spring 2022 semester, with funds paid to the college or university.
Visit our WIRE page to learn more about the scholarships.