Lamar Electric Cooperative has announced the six $1,000 scholarship winners that were drawn at the Co-op Annual Members Meeting on Saturday, April 17th.
The winners are Kendall Stephens, Ashley Trenchard, Kallan Barber all of North Lamar High School, Gabe Purviance of Rivercrest High School, Blake Ballard of Prairiland High School and Kourtnie Stringer of Detroit High School.
The six winners can use their scholarship at any accredited university, college, junior college, technical school, or any other post-secondary educational institution of their choice.
Kendall is the daughter of Paul and Shannon Stephens of Reno, Ashley is the daughter of Louis and Kim Trenchard of the Faught Community, Kallan is the son of Clint and Kacie Barber of the Paris, Gabe is the son of Jim and Stephanie Purviance of the Cuthand Community, Blake is the son of Jeff and Patti Ballard of the Blossom Community, and Kourtnie is the daughter of Justin and Tanya Stringer of the Dimple Community.
According to Lamar Electric General Manager Jerry Williams, “The money used for these scholarships is from unclaimed deposits or refunds from our members.” Williams also stated “The law allows Lamar Electric to use a portion of these funds for scholarships, otherwise the money is turned over to the state.”
Each member can still file a claim with the state of Texas for unclaimed checks.
Lamar Electric Director of Communications, Christie Christian said, “During the past 22 years, Lamar Electric has awarded $86,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors.” Christian continued “We are so very proud that Lamar Electric can help these students achieve their educational goals and we encourage every co-op member to take this opportunity to submit the name of your son or daughter next year.”