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Since the beginning of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Energy made the decision to suspend disconnects, waive late fees and offer special payment plans to assist our members and customers during this difficult time. While the decision had already been made to extend these special circumstances until August, Gov. Cooper issued a new Executive Order 142 on May 30 outlining the same timeline. We encourage everyone (including Flexpay members) to continue paying your energy bill to avoid a large balance at the end of this crisis. Call us at 1-800-451-5474 to set up a special payment plan.
Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track Scholarship and the Charles and Lucille Suddreth Scholarship Programs
As part of our commitment to improving the quality of life for our members, each year Blue Ridge Energy awards several scholarships to local high school seniors seeking advanced learning opportunities.
Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track: High school seniors participating in the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track will receive invitations to apply for up to eight $4,000 scholarships. These scholarships are renewable and paid out at $500 per semester. Leadership Track students from Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Alexander, and Wilkes Counties are eligible and will compete for these scholarships based on leadership and resume development demonstrated through their Leadership Track experiences.
Charles and Lucille Suddreth Scholarship (deadline to apply is April 15): Students from Caldwell County can also apply for the Charles and Lucille Suddreth Scholarship for an $800 scholarship toward a technical/vocational degree. This scholarship is awarded based primarily on financial need. Visit this link to apply: https://www.cognitoforms.com/BlueRidgeEnergy/CharlesAndLucilleSuddrethTechnicalVocationalScholarship
Teacher Scholarship Opportunities
Barbara Deverick and Price-Deverick Teacher Scholarships
Another part of Blue Ridge Energy's commitment to education is scholarships available to our local educators. Each year, we offer up to $5,000 to teachers in our service area to help earn renewal credits, complete certifications or participate in specialized workshops and training. Barbara Deverick and Price-Deverick Scholarship applications are available from your local education foundation, chamber of commerce or by contacting Grey Scheer, director of community relations.
Blue Ridge Energy College Scholarship History
The Blue Ridge Energy College Scholarships were established over fifty years ago as a memorial to two former Blue Ridge Energy board presidents - the late J.C. Goodman of West Jefferson, NC, and A.B. Hurt of Nathans Creek, NC. Both of these men were well know and respected in their native Ashe County as dedicated leaders and educators whose lives exemplified the finest qualities of constructive leadership and active concern for their fellowman.
Hundreds of high school graduates from Ashe, Alleghany, Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes counties have benefited from college scholarships established for these cooperative leaders. Blue Ridge Energy is proud to continue to honor J.C. Goodman and A.B. Hurt while helping deserving students achieve their dream of a college education.