Union Power Cooperative Awards Six College Scholarships to Local Students

Union Power Cooperative Awards Six College Scholarships to Local Students

Union Power Cooperative recently awarded six $1,000 college scholarships to local students to help with the cost of attending a North Carolina university or community college. This year’s scholarship winners are Madeline Brown of Albemarle, NC; Kobe Christy of Albemarle, NC; Jessica Hasty of Indian Trail, NC; Ellie Thompson of Matthews, NC; Joshua Weiland of Indian Trail, NC; and Amanda Williams of Mt. Pleasant, NC.

Brown,MaddieMadeline Brown is the daughter of Steven and Karen Brown of Albemarle. She graduated from West Stanly High School with a 4.25 grade point average (GPA) and plans to attend Stanly Community College. She has a passion for health and is considering becoming a registered dietician. Her goal is to complete the Associate of Science transfer program at Stanly Community College and then transfer to a four-year college to complete her degree and internship. An exceptional athlete, Madeline participated in softball, basketball and tennis throughout high school. She is also active in her church and community.

Christy,KobeKobe Christy is the son of Scotty and Karen Christy of Albemarle. He graduated from West Stanly High School with a 4.08 GPA and plans to attend Stanly Community College to study simulation and game development. After earning an Associate of Science degree, Kobe plans to transfer to N.C. State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, with a concentration in game development.  At West Stanly, Kobe was an honors student who was also an active member of the Varsity Soccer team. He is active in his church and demonstrates commitment to his community through volunteer work.

HastyJessicaJessica Hasty
is the daughter of Tammy Holman Smith of Indian Trail. She graduated from Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) with a 4.46 GPA and plans to enter the nursing program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her goal is to one day become a nurse practitioner. In high school, Jessica was in the Beta Club, Students Against Drunk Driving club and National Honor Society. She participated in sports, including CATA’s Varsity Softball team and in Porter Ridge Association Softball. Jessica volunteers in numerous community service activities and is active in her church.

ThompsonEllieEllie Thompson
is the daughter of Jeffry and Carrie Thompson. She graduated from Porter Ridge High School with a 3.96 GPA. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to pursue both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition. She dreams of helping others in her community understand nutrition and the ways it can affect their health. In high school, Ellie was a member of the National Honor Society, president of the National Art Honor Society, and participated in the Interact Service Club. She is very active in her church, and also held many leadership positions in her Girl Scout troop for the past 12 years.

WeilandScottJoshua Weiland is the son of Trey Weiland and Kelley Freeman. He graduated from Porter Ridge High School with a GPA of 4.43. He plans to attend either Appalachian State University or the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as he has been accepted at both universities.  Joshua plans on studying education. His goal is to return to Union County as an educator and give back to the community where he grew up. Joshua participated in National Honor Society and Interact Service Club, as well as served as the Student Government social chair officer. He is also an active member in his church, where he enjoys planning, designing and executing Vacation Bible School for the younger children in the congregation.

Williams AmandaAmanda Williams
is the daughter of Tamara Gentle. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School with a 4.0 GPA. Her plan is to attend Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and major in biology. Amanda played on her high school’s tennis team, winning many awards. She is very active in her church’s youth group and has volunteered for many years at the county-wide Special Olympics, coaching the tennis players. Amanda is also very involved in the Future Farmers of America, serving as vice president of the club.

Union Power is proud to offer scholarships to these six outstanding students and wishes them success as they pursue their future goals.

Click to view more information about the Union Power College Scholarship.

Union Power Cooperative Receives National Award for its Website

Union Power Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2016 “Spotlight on Excellence” national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The Communications team received a Silver Award in the category of Best Use of Digital Communication for the website www.union-power.com.

“Electric cooperatives are being challenged to communicate to the people they serve more than ever before,” said James Bausell, Senior Vice President of Communications for NRECA. “Printed news publications, news releases, social media, websites and videos are all more important than ever to keep members updated on issues affecting the electric cooperatives and their members.”

A special reception honored the award recipients during the Connect ‘16 Conference held in Portland, Oregon, on May 10. Winning entries were displayed during the event.

The annual Spotlight on Excellence Awards competition recognizes the top-rated communication and marketing efforts by electric cooperatives and related organizations. Entrants competed with electric cooperatives of similar size in 17 categories. Electric cooperative communicators and marketing professionals submitted more than 730 entries in the Spotlight on Excellence program, now in its 28th year. Faculty members from the University of Missouri–Columbia and the University of South Carolina, as well as noted professionals in the fields of marketing and videography judged the event, which uses a finite scoring system to determine the winners.

Save This Summer Using Your Co-op Connections Card!

Looking for fun ways to spend your summer without breaking the bank? Use your Co-op Connections card and save at over 100 local businesses this summer and throughout the year. If you’re traveling, you can use your card at any business, nationwide, that accepts the Co-op Connections card! When you visit these businesses, you save money and help the business thrive. It’s a win for all!

Just by being a member of Union Power Cooperative and presenting your free Co-op Connections card, you have exclusive access to discounts at local and national businesses, as well as on prescriptions, health services and more. Members can also get cash back on their online shopping! You can find the full listing of benefits at connections.coop.

Click on the pdf below to check out some of the participating food, recreation and entertainment businesses for a fun summer treat.