South­side Op­por­tu­nity Fund of­fers schol­ar­ships

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CREWE — The South­side Op­por­tu­nity Fund, SOF, is cur­rently ac­cept­ing schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tions for stu­dents headed to col­lege or a trade/ tech­ni­cal school.

High school se­niors who re­ceive elec­tric­ity at their pri­mary res­i­dence from South­side Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, SEC, are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for the $1,000 schol­ar­ships. The ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is March 29.

The South­side Op­por­tu­nity Fund was cre­ated by the SEC Board of Di­rec­tors to pro­vide schol­ar­ships and other op­por­tu­ni­ties for SEC mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. It’s part of a recog­ni­tion by the Co­op­er­a­tive of the im­por­tance of pre­par­ing to­day’s stu­dents for to­mor­row’s jobs and that the fu­ture suc­cess of com­mu­ni­ties is best ob­tained by in­vest­ing in young peo­ple.

More than 50 schol­ar­ships to­tal­ing more than $50,000 have been awarded in the last three years.

A com­bi­na­tion of weighted cri­te­ria is used in the se­lec­tion process: 45 per­cent fi­nan­cial need, 45 per­cent aca­demic achieve­ment and 10 per­cent per­sonal state­ment. Schol­ar­ships must be used for tu­ition, stu­dent fees, lodg­ing or text­books. To be el­i­gi­ble, the ap­pli­cant’s pri­mary res­i­dence must re­ceive its elec­tric power from SEC, the ap­pli­cant must re­ceive a high school diploma or GED by the fall of 2019 and the ap­pli­cant must be en­ter­ing his or her first se­mes­ter of col­lege or trade/tech­ni­cal school in the fall of 2019. Proof of ad­mis­sion will be re­quired if se­lected to re­ceive a schol­ar­ship.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply for a schol­ar­ship, visit www.sof.coop.

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