Benjamin Alfred Johns received a $2,000 college scholarship from Piedmont Electric for demonstrating academic excellence and commitment to the community.
Johns graduated from Burlington Christian Academy and plans to attend Duke University to study biomedical engineering with a minor in Asian and Middle Eastern studies.
Seven individuals received this honor throughout Piedmont Electric’s six-county service area this year. The Piedmont Electric Helping Hand Foundation awarded a total of $14,000 in college scholarships to outstanding local high school graduates.
The foundation also awards six $1,500 scholarships to Piedmont Electric members who are attending Alamance Community College, Durham Technical Community College and Piedmont Community College. These scholarships are awarded to two students at each community college at the start of the fall semester.
“We are proud to award these scholarships to such exceptional students in our communities,” said Steve Hamlin, Piedmont Electric President and CEO. “As an electric cooperative, Piedmont Electric strives to do more than keep the lights on. We want to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”
Since 1997, Piedmont Electric has supported local students through their college scholarship program. Graduating high school seniors whose parents, grandparents or guardians are Piedmont Electric members are eligible to apply for a scholarship. The graduating class of 2021 can apply online at www.pemc.coop/scholarships starting Sept. 1.
Piedmont Electric is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 32,000 electric accounts in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties. Piedmont Electric exists to serve our members and improve the quality of life in our communities through local employment, economic development, business engagement, youth education, grants to educators, advocacy for energy issues, community involvement and emergency preparedness support. Visit www.pemc.coop for more information.