Scholarship Opportunities

Blue Ridge Energy 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.

For 2017, students 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.

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. The application for the Charles and Lucille Suddreth Scholarship can be downloaded here.

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.