NEWBERRY — Seniors graduating from high school this year will now have an opportunity to earn scholarship money, according to Matt DeWitt, assistant city manager.
The Newberry-PMPA Community Scholar Scholarship is an example of a partnered-scholarship opportunity available to member cities belonging to the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency.
Piedmont Municipal Power Agency is a joint action agency formed by 10 municipal electric utilities, including Newberry, in the northwest section of South Carolina.
The agency provides wholesale electric service to its members primarily through a 25 percent ownership interest in Unit 2 of the Catawba Nuclear Station, located in York County.
The Newberry-PMPA’s scholarship is in its second year and awarded to a senior looking to enroll in a full-time bachelor’s degree program of study who demonstrates the following characteristics:
• A student, that a minimum attended three years of high school or homeschooling within the city limits of Newberry and has obtained a high school degree, and who themselves, or their legal guardian has a current residential electric utilities account within the City of Newberry.
• A grade point average of 2.5 or above in college-preparatory coursework and a combined score of 950 on the SAT test or an equivalent of 20 on the ACT test.
• Demonstration of personal leadership as reflected on past experiences in academics, organizations, clubs, etc.
• Submits and application with letter of reference and is selected as a top three place finisher by the Scholarship Committee.
DeWitt said the recipient will receive a onetime award of $1,000, or one of two $500 awards based on being selected as the contest’s top three place finishers by the Scholarship Committee.
The scholarship will be issued to the college and student jointly and applied to the cost of attendance for the fall semester for the first year of the student’s full time enrollment once documentation of enrollment is received.
To apply for the scholarship, a candidate must be a high school senior in the class of 2014 who plans to apply and enter to any South Carolina accredited university, college or technical college.
Candidates must also provide a copy of their ACT or SAT scores along with a current high school transcript to verify GPA. They must also provide one letter of recommendation form to submit from someone other than a relative, which attests to their character.
The differences between this year’s scholarship are the scholarship amounts. Last year’s first place recipient would have been awarded $1,000, with second place receiving $750, and the third place winner receiving a $250 scholarship.
“We felt this new split made the scholarships more attractive to applicants and more evenly distributed the scholarship awards to deserving candidates,” DeWitt said.
Applications were sent to Newberry High School, Newberry Academy, Newberry County Career Center, Piedmont Technical College and Newberry College admissions offices, according to DeWitt.
Candidates can also pick up applications from City Hall, 1330 College St. The deadline to apply is April 28.
Contact DeWitt at 803-321-1000 for more information.