Scholarships Available

Palmetto Electric Trust scholarships worth up to $5,000 and $3,000 a year available

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, Feb. 14, for the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET) Scholarships, which are worth up to $5,000 and $3,000 a year for qualified students.

PET, the volunteer board that administers member donations to Operation Round Up, established the scholarships to assist qualified students in pursuit of a postsecondary education who demonstrate financial need and a willingness to learn.

One PET scholarship covers up to $5,000 a year for four consecutive years at a four-year university or college. The other is for up to $3,000 a year at two-year technical colleges.Scholarships for both categories will be given to a qualifying student from each of the counties served by Palmetto Electric—southern Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton.

Applicants must be legal residents of one of these counties and must be a high school senior scheduled to graduate in the spring of the current school year.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade average between 80 and 92 and an SAT score of 800 or better, or 14 or better on the ACT, while demonstrating financial need.

Details about PET and other Palmetto scholarships are at, or call Joanna Bailey at (843) 208-5503 or 1 (800) 922-5551.

WIRE to award $1,000 scholarships

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS in Palmetto Electric’s service area can now apply for two $1,000 scholarships. Each year, the co-op’s community outreach organization, WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification), awards scholarships to deserving seniors living in southern Beaufort, Jasper or Hampton counties.

Students who have average or above-average grades and demonstrate a financial need can apply. Applicants must describe in 150–200 words how the scholarship will help them accomplish their goals.

Applications are available online at, at co-op offices and from high school guidance offices. Along with the essay and application, students should submit a copy of their high school transcript. Materials should be mailed on or before Friday, Feb. 28, to:

WIRE Scholarship
Attention: Missy Santorum
111 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

For details, call Santorum, the co-op’s public relations manager, at (843) 681-0072 or 1 (800) 922-5551.

Two trips, unforgettable experiences

Are you a high school junior? The Washington Youth Tour could be the trip for you!

June 20–25—2020 Washington Youth Tour: Experience Washington, D.C. with 1,500 high school juniors from across South Carolina and the country, meeting lawmakers and touring all the sights. Palmetto Electric will cover three students’ round-trip plane tickets, tours and meals. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one Youth Tour participant from South Carolina.

Are you a high school sophomore or junior? The Cooperative Youth Summit could be the trip for you!

July 7–10—2020 Cooperative Youth Summit: Experience South Carolina’s capital like never before. Tour the Statehouse, meet lawmakers and see how co-ops are preparing for our state’s energy future. Plus, there’s plenty of fun with visits to popular Columbia attractions like Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Your electric co-op will cover your expenses.

Youth Tour and Youth Summit applicants’ primary residence must be served by Palmetto Electric. Students must submit a completed application and a letter of reference. SAT scores, class standing, or grade-point average are not considered. Finalists participate in a personal interview.

Applications are online at Materials must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, February 28. For questions, call Brooke Mingledorff at (843) 208-5556 or 1-(800) 922-5551 or email

Click HERE for information on all scholarships.

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