A number of deserving students will receive an unexpected financial boost if they are chosen as a recipient of the Walter Harrison Scholarship, a program sponsored by Georgia’s electric membership corporations (EMCs). The scholarship can be applied to academic expenses at any accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational-technical institute in Georgia.
The Walter Harrison Scholarship awards $1,000 scholarships to students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance. Grade point average, SAT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors and financial need are considered. A scholarship committee, comprised of directors and managers of Georgia’s EMCs, to awards scholarships to remarkable students who struggle with the high costs associated with attending college.
The scholarship is available to any college level student, regardless of age. Students applying for the scholarship must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program. See application below for further requirements.
Created in 1985 by the board of directors of Georgia EMC, the trade association representing the 41 electric cooperatives of Georgia, the scholarship pays tribute to the late Walter Harrison, a pioneer in the rural electricity movement and a leader at local, state and national levels in the electric cooperative program.
Click the PDF link below to download the 2023 application. If you are unable to download the file, call Trisha McBee at 770.370.2273 and an application will be mailed to you. Applicants must also submit a two-page autobiographical sketch with references to future plans and goals, school transcripts, letters of recommendation and proof of enrollment or an acceptance letter. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 13, 2023.
Winners will be announced on or before April 1. Fifteen $1,000 scholarships are scheduled to be awarded in 2023.
The 2022 Walter Harrison Scholarship Winners are:
John Scott Griner - Walton EMC
Samuel Esowhode - Jackson EMC
Christian Nipper - Snapping Shoals EMC
Stephanie Barajas - Flint Energies
Grace Catherine Hood - Excelsior EMC
Jadie Burrell - Sumter EMC
Mary Pierce - Walton EMC
Emily Lariscy - Planters EMC
James Major Stanford - Tri-County EMC
Kathleen (Kate) Good - Okefenoke REMC
Makenzie Clark - Jackson EMC
Nick Jonassen - Coweta-Fayette EMC
Joel Mann - Irwin EMC
Madeline McLean - Okefenoke REMC