Diverse Power Foundation awards scholarships to 34 students, many with local connections

Published 7:55 pm Friday, May 4, 2018

The Diverse Power Foundation recently awarded scholarships to 34 students within Diverse Power’s service area, surpassing $1 million in scholarship giving since 2003.

Established 15 years ago, the Diverse Power Foundation has awarded a total of $1,010,500 in student scholarships, including $102,000 this spring.

Selection of scholarship winners is based on grades, SAT scores, extracurricular activities, personal character, civic responsibility and financial need.

The winning students each received a $3,000 scholarship to the technical institute, junior or four-year college of their choice.

Headed by a nine-member volunteer board, the foundation distributes funds raised through Operation RoundUp, Diverse Power’s philanthropic program in which consumer-members round up their power bill to the next dollar with the extra change earmarked for education.

“We are honored to play a part in the education of young people, our leaders of tomorrow,” said Diverse Power Residential Services and Marketing Coordinator Ken Pope. “Diverse Power and the Foundation consider it a worthy investment and are especially grateful for Diverse Power members who round up their bill to make it possible.”

Diverse Power is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative that provides electricity and related services in west and southwest Georgia and east Alabama.

With its headquarters in LaGrange, Diverse Power operates its Pataula District in Cuthbert. For information on applying for 2019 scholarships, visit dpfi.org.