PRECO Awards $98,000 in College Scholarships

Wauchula, Fla. — Operation Round Up, the charitable arm of Peace River Electric Cooperative, awarded $98,000 in college scholarships to 16 local students. Operation Round Up has granted more than $800,000 in scholarships to 170 individuals since it was first formed in 2005.

“The amount of student loan debt is at a staggering level right now,” says Ellen Hamel, Operation Round Up board chairperson. “Our goal is to reduce the amount of funds which students may have to borrow to attend college. This scholarship may be just what some students need to make a college degree possible.”

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 college scholarships.

To learn more about PRECO and Operation Round Up, visit www.preco.coop.

Hardee High School, Wauchula:

  • Tara Hines – $4,000
  • Ashlee Patterson – $4,000

Lakewood Ranch High School:

  • Lance Duch – $4,000
  • Calissa Foege – $8,000
  • Carli Kasten – $4,000
  • Kenneth Marschner – $4,000
  • Sophia Sahr – $8,000

Out-Of-Door Academy, Sarasota:

  • Jack Malcolm – $8,000

Southeast High School, Bradenton:

  • Jeremy Durmaz – $8,000
  • Jordan Durmaz – $8,000
  • Zachary Morris – $8,000

Post High School Students:

  • Lauryn Dees – Manatee Co. – $8,000 – attends Marshall University
  • Hunter Gibson – Hardee Co.  – $4,000 – attends South Florida State College
  • Gabriella Gonzalez – Manatee Co. – $6,000 – attends Southeastern University
  • Garrett Griffin – Manatee Co. – $4,000 – attends State College of Florida
  • Cheoting Maugens – Manatee Co. – $8,000 – attends University of Florida