$1,000 WIRE Scholarships For College Students

Since 1989, the Kentucky Chapter of Women in Rural Electrification (WIRE) has offered college scholarships to Kentucky college students to help them finish their degree. WIRE is now taking 2016 applications for three $1,000 scholarships.

Kelci Fulkerson is very grateful she was one of the 2015 scholarship recipients. “I’m attending graduate school now and it is more expensive. Receiving the WIRE scholarship helped relieve a little financial burden stress and I can focus more on school work.”

Kelci, who is studying speech language pathology, says she heard about the WIRE scholarship from her mother whose hometown is served by Warren RECC and it was her mother who encouraged her to apply.

WIRE scholarships are open to any eligible student whose family is served by a Kentucky electric cooperative and has at least 60 hours of credit at a Kentucky college or university by the start of the fall term. (Electric cooperative employees, directors, managers, and their relatives, and those of Big Rivers Electric Corporation, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, and the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, are not eligible.)

WIRE is an organization of women associated with Kentucky electric cooperatives. Members are wives of cooperative managers, board members, employees, employees themselves, and other women associated with electric co-ops in Kentucky. A yearly fundraising event is held in November with all proceeds going to the WIRE college scholarship program. Over the past 27 years, WIRE has given more than $91,000 in Kentucky college scholarships.

The deadline for submitting a WIRE college scholarship application is May 13, 2016.

Please return applications to Mary Beth Dennis, KAEC, P.O. Box 32170, Louisville, KY 40232.