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100 students receive scholarships from Cooperative’s trust program Operation Round Up

Operation Round Up Board: Front Row (Left to right) -Rhonda Suter, Treasurer; Nathan Stearns, WRVEC Community Programs Coordinator; and Jo Stehle, Secretary. Back Row: Steve Holland; Jerry Jenkins; Cynthia Glenn, President; and Eddie Goins. Not pictured: Anne Coleman, Chip Arnette, and Janna Hesterlee

Branson, Missouri 

White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s (WRVEC) trust program, Operation Round Up, has awarded 100 scholarships to students for tuition assistance. Each student will receive $1,500 to further their education or vocational career.

Scholarship applications are available to students from the cooperative’s five-county service area every spring. Candidates are evaluated based on financial need, overall academic performance, extra-curricular involvement, and college acceptance.

“We are excited to help area students take the next steps to developing their future,” said the program’s facilitator Nathan Stearns.

Operation Round Up is in its 29th year at WRVEC and to date has returned more than $4.1 million back to the community, with nearly $2,000,000 going to higher education. Funds come from cooperative members who allow their bills to be rounded-up to the next dollar. In addition to scholarships, the money is allocated for area families struggling with the financial burden of long-term illness, tragic accident or devastating fire, and for community needs such as rural fire departments, senior citizen centers, food pantries, and children’s health programs.

The following is a complete list of 2021 scholarship recipients:

Willow Amann Kylie Michelle Purdome Kellen Dane Hendrix Stanley John Lancaster
Jacie Bradley Hayden Day Emily E McCulloch Paige Kimmons
Kaden Gammon Emilee Rowe Dominic Darnell Hannah Collins-Gibson
Leisl Jansen Grace Key Joshua Willis Jesslyn Ahrends
Bailey Owens Abbigail Freeman Kayla Purdome Ryan Highfill
Sarah Weisman Jazmin Garcia Garrett Morgan Nathan J Guy
Rebecca Smith Katelyn Patrick Mariah Aldrich Buck Sanders
Mason M. Cole Madison Stickle Derek Allen Lovelace Jaxon Britt
Abigail Pride Dillon Dougherty Olivia Engelman Sarah Hutchison
Noah Beyer Abigail Hasley Julia Scherer Madison Raye Evans
Hailey Brown Keelei Plummer McKenna Robison Kourtney Shipley
Alivia Hackman Josie Glenn Tenley Wilkerson Emma Breeden
Kaylee Downs Kayla Alyse Lindsey Kylie Calhoun Aaron Tomczyk
Olivia Leigh Heriford Mason Miller Daniel Pilotto Kambria Carrollynn Todd
Gavin Rowbotham Kyla Kay McClintic Victoria Shipley Jadyn Frey
Michaela Swofford Jackson Miller Kera Mingus Garrett Coggin
Connor Wiest Carter Brown Abby Lynette Donley Haley Swift
Troy Froeschle Kamryn Collins Joshua Janes Isabella Rose Portis
Faith Wilson Faith Collins-Gibson Tristen Blake Portis Jonathan Thomas
Majah Miller Tyke Warner Wells Ashley Matthews Kaitlyn Armstrong
Lisa Burke Faith Ann White Daniel Dickey Lane Clouse
Madison Shipley Kevin Frey Keeley Combs Madison Pardeck
Emily Edwards Brooklyn Burtless Kobe Marc Hendrix Joanne Sinniah
Hope Catherine Barker Lucas Crow Gavin Lane Reese Adelyn Weaver
Diego Paz Ashton Davidson Brooke Davis Sydney Sanders

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White River Valley Electric Cooperative is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative dedicated to ensuring our members receive safe and reliable service in their homes and businesses across five southwest Missouri counties including Ozark, Taney, Stone, Christian and Douglas.