Operation Round Up, Peace River Electric Cooperative’s charitable foundation, granted $106,000 in college scholarships to 23 local students in 14 schools and colleges. Since its launch in 2005, Operation Round Up has provided 257 college scholarships amounting to more than $1.2 million in the cooperative’s 10-county service area.
“The charitable foundation is pleased to help bolster our local community by supporting hardworking, determined students,” says Ellen Hamel, Operation Round Up board chairperson. “We hope that many of these students will return to this area someday and use their education and talents to serve others.”
To be eligible, student applicants must reside in a home served by PRECO, maintain good grades, be active in the community and submit an essay describing their life, career and educational goals.
Funding for Operation Round Up comes from the voluntary donations of PRECO’s member-consumers who allow their monthly electric bills to be “rounded up” to the next dollar. Funds collected are used to help local families and organizations with food, shelter, clothing, health, and education needs.
Learn more about Operation Round Up.
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|2023 Scholarship Recipients by School|
|1||Yencik, Michael||Cardinal Mooney CHS||$ 8,000|
|2||Jurado, Jaqueline||Hardee HS||$ 8,000|
|3||Alderman, Karlie||Hardee HS||$ 4,000|
|4||Hernandez-Santiago, Magdalena||Hardee HS||$ 1,000|
|5||Mondragon, Robert||Hardee HS||$ 1,000|
|6||Chandley, Gabriel||Lake Wales HS||$ 4,000|
|7||Martin, Elias||Lakewood Ranch HS||$ 8,000|
|8||Hotaling, Madelyn||Lakewood Ranch HS||$ 4,000|
|9||Schmidt, Erika||Lakewood Ranch HS||$ 4,000|
|10||Thornhill, Tierney||Lakewood Ranch HS||$ 4,000|
|11||Wagner, Jessica||Lakewood Ranch HS||$ 4,000|
|12||Panzarino, Nicholas||Lynn University||$ 4,000|
|13||Zapata, Giovan||Palmetto HS||$ 4,000|
|14||Wagner, Carson||Parrish Community HS||$ 4,000|
|15||Chafloque, Kevin||Southeast HS||$ 8,000|
|16||O’Dell, Keile||Southeastern University||$ 4,000|
|17||Millican, Justin||St. Stephen’s Episcopal||$ 8,000|
|18||Bowers, Christopher||State College of Fla||$ 4,000|
|19||Thompson, Jessica||Tulane University||$ 4,000|
|20||Chen, Bryan||University of Fla||$ 4,000|
|21||Tyler, Mallory||University of Fla||$ 4,000|
|22||Zewdie, Anteneh||University of Fla||$ 4,000|
|23||Brown, Stephanie||University of Sou Fla||$ 4,000|
|Grand Total||$ 106,000|