AUBURN – Students in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture will benefit from scholarships from an endowment recently funded by Alabama Electric Cooperative Inc., an organization that provides power to homes and businesses in south and central Alabama and northwest Florida.
“Alabama Electric Cooperative has been a long-time supporter of AU agricultural programs and has helped immensely to improve the quality of life for rural Alabamians,” said Richard Guthrie, dean of the College of Agriculture. “This scholarship endowment will be very much appreciated by deserving students in the College of Agriculture.”
“Concerns about the precarious future facing farming prompted the Alabama Electric Cooperative, a company whose main mission is generating and transmitting wholesale power to its network of members, to fund a scholarship endowment,” said AEC’s Horace Horn. “We are committed to ensuring a strong economy and improving the quality of life in the communities that we serve, and the continued existence of family farms is crucial to those goals,” said Horn, vice president of government and economic affairs for the Andalusia-based co-op.
“We want to make sure agriculture has a long-time presence in our service area,” he said. “Helping give young people the opportunity to pursue a degree in agriculture is a very real way we can do that.”
To be eligible for one of the scholarships, a student must live in a home that receives electric service from one of AECs 20 distribution members. In Alabama, those members include the cities of Andalusia, Brundidge, Elba and Opp, along with Baldwin EMC, Central Alabama, Clarke-Washington EMC, Coosa Valley, Covington, Dixie, Pea River, Pioneer, South Alabama, Southern Pine, Tallapoosa River and Wiregrass electric cooperatives. Florida members include CHELCO, Escambia River, Gulf Coast and West Florida electric co-ops.
The endowment is called the PowerSouth Energy Cooperative Endowment, reflecting AEC’s name change to PowerSouth Energy in January.
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