Scholarship winners L-R: Parker Behrends, Anna Page, Camryn Fricks, Kadden Carswell and Hayden Tatum

(Clarkesville)- Five high school students have been awarded scholarships from Habersham Electric Membership Corporation ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Each year, Habersham EMC participates in the Washington Youth Tour. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students were not able to attend. In lieu of that annual event, HEMC chose to reallocate those funds to provide scholarships for local students to continue their education.

These local scholarships were awarded in conjunction with the statewide Walter Harrison Scholarship sponsored by Georgia’s electric membership corporations (EMCs),

The students; Parker Behrends, Haydn Tatum, Hadden Carswell, and Camryn Fricks, all from Habersham Central High School, and Anna Paige Barrett, a student at Tallulah Falls School.

The applications of Parker Behrends and Haydn Tatum were also submitted to be considered at the state level  Walter Harrison Scholarship. Grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors, and financial need are considered when determining a student’s eligibility.

“We understand that the rising costs of college can cause a great deal of financial stress within a family,” said Bryan Ferguson, President, and CEO of Habersham EMC. “Every great leader has encountered trials and triumphs that have molded them into the person they are today. HEMC’s goal is to empower local youth as they pursue their secondary education and further develop their leadership abilities.”