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Scholarships and Washington Youth Tour
The NGEMC Chairman’s Memorial Scholarship is offered to high school seniors who live with an NGEMC member. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to one senior in each of the seven counties served by NGEMC. These counties are Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield.
This scholarship is given in memory of Board Chairmen Howard Baker and Gerald Lowery. Baker represented Chattooga County on the NGEMC Board of Directors and was instrumental in bringing electricity to rural Northwest Georgia. Lowery represented Catoosa County and served as Board Chairman during a time of rapid technological growth. Under his leadership, NGEMC made many advancements in innovation and reliability.
Both Baker and Lowery left a legacy of commitment to community and excellence reflected in each recipient of the NGEMC Chairman’s Memorial Scholarship.
The Walter Harrison Scholarship is offered through NGEMC in partnership with Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC). The application will be available on this website in the fall.
The scholarship is available to high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited Georgia college, university or technical school or any undergraduate student currently enrolled in an aforementioned school. This scholarship was created in 1985 to honor the late Walter Harrison, a pioneer in bringing electricity to rural Georgia.
The Walter Harrison Scholarship Fund is financed through donations from Georgia’s EMCs and other associated organizations.
Harrison was instrumental in beginning Planters EMC in his hometown of Millen and helped to begin the EMCs’ statewide service organization, GEMC, where he served in various capacities from 1941 to 1975. Harrison also served on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s board for 31 years including two years as president of the organization.
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the ongoing Pandemic, NGEMC will forego sending delegates to Washington D.C.as a part of the Washington Youth Tour in 2022. In place of the tour, an additional $2,500 scholarship will be available to High School Seniors living in households served by NGEMC. The scholarship will be distributed through the NGEMC Chairman's Memorial Scholarship program.
High school juniors and seniors who reside on NGEMC lines may apply to attend Washington Youth Tour (WYT), an all-expenses-paid trip each June to our nation's capital. Applications will be available on this website in the fall.
WYT is a leadership trip sponsored by North Georgia EMC and other electric cooperatives across the nation. It is designed to teach students about U.S. history, the role of democracy, the importance of community and public service and the need for civic leadership.The students will join cooperative delegates from across the country in Washington, D.C., where they will meet congressional leaders, learn about the history of our nation and electric cooperatives, and build leadership skills.
A selection committee will review the applications and invite finalists to participate in interviews. Delegates are chosen through an application process based on scholastic achievement, community and school involvement, and interpersonal and interview skills.
Chosen delegates will travel to Washington D.C. with other WYT delegates from Georgia. Georgia’s delegation includes about 100 students selected by electric cooperatives from across the state. In Washington, the students will join about 1,500 other WYT delegates from all over the nation.
Virtual Powertown and Career Presentations
Students and teachers in the North Georgia EMC service area can take a trip to PowerTown, an electrical safety demonstration that can be shown to area school groups, churches, civic groups and community organizations.
In many ways PowerTown is like your town. Cars travel the roadways; people work in their yards; children fly kites. Everything runs smoothly. However, life can get dangerous when the residents of PowerTown are careless around electricity.
Using a variety of different scenarios, the presenter teaches children about the path of electricity and how to stay out of that path. Audiences will also hear important tips about energy efficiency.
To set up a PowerTown demonstration, follow the link below or call your nearest NGEMC office and ask for Energy Services.
Calhoun City- Calhoun City Schools
Catoosa County - Catoosa County Public Schools
Chattooga County- Chattooga County School District
Chickamauga City - Chickamauga City Schools
Dalton City- Dalton Public Schools
Floyd County - Floyd County Schools
Gordon County - Gordon County Schools
Murray County - Murray County Schools
Trion City - Trion City Schools
Walker County - Walker County Schools
Whitfield County- Whitfield County Schools