PRECO Announces $104,000 in College Scholarships

Posted: May 28, 2020 at 1:14 pm

Two dozen local students were awarded a total of $104,000 in scholarships by Operation Round Up, the charitable foundation of Wauchula-based Peace River Electric Cooperative. Since Operation Round Up’s formation in 2005, nearly 200 students have shared in more than $900,000 in college scholarships granted.

“This year, considering the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on families, we are taking measures to increase the number of students receiving scholarships,” states Ellen Hamel, Operation Round Up chair. “By granting more two-year scholarships than ever before, we are increasing the number of recipients to an all-time high of 24 students this year.”

Funding for Operation Round Up comes from the donations of PRECO’s member-consumers. Each participating member’s electric bill is “rounded up” to the next dollar to provide charitable funds in the areas of food, shelter, clothing, medical, the environment and education. Participation is voluntary, and members may choose to opt in or out any time online at or by contacting PRECO’s Customer Care Department at 800-282-3824.

Scholarship Winners by High School or College

Bradenton Christian School

Isabella Gonzalez                   $4,000

Braden River High School

Madigan Wilford                    $4,000

Tess Zambella                         $4,000

Florida Gulf Coast University

Alexis Whalen                         $4,000

Hardee County High School

Maria Deloera                         $4,000

Rachel Garland                       $4,000

Jesus Jurado                           $4,000

Kein Knight                             $4,000

Lakewood Ranch High School

Isabella Liberti                        $8,000

Andrew den Boggende           $8,000

Trevor Clark                            $4,000

Manoela Dos Santos              $4,000

Alexander Dubendorf            $4,000

Taylor Ferber                          $4,000

Amanda Hamende                 $4,000

Hudson Norman                     $4,000

Thomas Patten                       $4,000

New Gate School

Matthew Bogard                    $4,000

Out of Door Academy

Nina Dinh                                $4,000

Palmetto High School

Matthew Joseph                     $4,000

Makenna Simpson                  $4,000

Southeast High School

Ximena Chafloque                  $4,000

State College of Florida

Colton Ginter                          $4,000

Jocelyn Riley                           $4,000