Blue Ridge Energy Awards "Leadership Track Program" Scholarships (2018-06-21 14:51:54)

Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $33,000 in college scholarships to 12 students across its service area seeking to further their academic goals.

The scholarships are part of the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track program designed to help high school students better prepare for acceptance into the college of their dreams. The scholarships are renewable and total up to $4,000 each.

In Watauga County, three students received a total of $8,000:
Isabella Templeton, daughter of Catherine Templeton, $2,000 to attend Mary Baldwin University;
Heather Miller, daughter of Annette and Dale Miller, $2,000 to attend Lenoir-Rhyne University;
Montana Mills, daughter of Rebecca and Travis Johnson, $4,000 to attend Appalachian State University;

In Ashe County, two students received a total of $8,000:
Caroline Current, daughter of Cameron and Judy Current, $6,000 to attend UNC-Chapel Hill;
Lucas Pruitt, son of Allen and Donna Pruitt, $2,000 to attend UNC-Chapel Hill;

In Caldwell County, four students received a total of $9,000:
Abby Shehan, daughter of Chad and Rachel Shehan, recipient of the Charles and Lucille Suddreth scholarship for $1,000 to attend UNC-Greensboro;
Morgan Taylor, daughter of Tammy and Roger Taylor, $2,000 to attend UNC-Chapel Hill;
Bailey Shows, daughter of Philip and Jennifer Shows, $2,000 to attend NC State;
Bailey Hart, daughter of Darren and Cheryl Hart,$4,000 to attend Campbell University.

In Alleghany County, two students received a total of $8,000: Perla Sanchez, daughter of Ricardo and Angelica Sanchez, $4,000 to attend Surry Community College;
Seth Hammack, son of Sandy and Susan Hammack, $4,000 to attend North Carolina State University.

Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track students begin preparing for college in their freshman or sophomore year and develop leadership, interview and public speaking skills while preparing for the college acceptance process. As seniors, Leadership Track students are invited to apply for renewable scholarships worth up to $4,000 each.

This year marks the 59th year Blue Ridge Energy has awarded college scholarships. To date, 462 area students and citizens have received $478,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track, visit our website,, click on “Community” tab or contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at 759-8994 or,