June 24, 2011
(Hilton Head, SC) – Emily Blackshire,
of Hilton Head, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship provided by The Electric
Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. Blackshire, a rising senior at Hilton Head
Preparatory School, was selected to receive the R.D. Bennett Scholarship while
in Washington, D.C., in June. The scholarship is named for Robert D. Bennett,
the first manager of the South Carolina electric cooperatives’ statewide
“My ambitions in life are simply to make the world a better
place, for one person or for millions,” said Blackshire. “Though I’m not
entirely sure what that means yet, I know it drives me to attempt to excel in
everything I do.”
Blackshire was selected out of 47 South Carolina high
school seniors to receive the scholarship during the co-ops’ annual Washington
Youth Tour, a six-day all-expenses paid trip to our nation’s capital. The tour
is sponsored by each of South Carolina’s electric cooperatives. Blackshire
represented Palmetto Electric Cooperative. She was among more than 1,500
students from across the country who spent a week visiting Washington, D.C.
landmarks, meeting with lawmakers and learning about electric
cooperatives. View photos from the 2011 Washington Youth Tour.
Annual membership meeting takes place today at the co-op's office in Ridgeland.
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