In an effort to assist in the development of strong, educated communities, Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI) created an annual scholarship fund to promote sustainable development via educational opportunities. Earlier this year, TPI awarded $1,000 scholarships to all 17 Electric cooperatives across Arkansas.
Upon receiving this scholarship, Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative elected to match this scholarship amount, now valued at $2,000, and make it available to recent high school graduates. Rusty Pendergraft, Chairman of the Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative Board and TPI Board Director, advised that the scholarship be named after long-time educator and Cooperative Board Member, Don Stemple.
In October, Caroline Collins, a graduate of Kirby High School was named as the first recipient of the Don Stemple Scholarship. Moving forward, this scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior each Fall. These funds can be used to support education, technical programs, and lineman training, among other things.