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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.
Ashe Students Awarded Scholarships
Seven Ashe County students were recently selected to receive college scholarships from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.
Each year, Blue Ridge Electric provides scholarships totaling up to $17,500 across its service area of Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties to students seeking to further their academic goals. The scholarships awards range from $400 to $2,000 for students pursuing four-year degrees or students or adults seeking two-year degrees in vocational training.
The scholarship recipients are as follows:
• Sybol Eller, daughter of Linda Eller, $500 to attend Appalachian State University
• Brooke Price, daughter of Grady and Jennifer Price, $500 scholarship to attend Catawba College
• Kena Patrick, daughter of Kenneth and Teresa Patrick, $500 scholarship to attend Western Carolina University;
• Brittany Patrick, daughter of Johnny and Brenda Patrick, $500 to attend Wilkes Community College;
• Tyler Church, son of Billy and Trish Church, $500 to attend Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute;
• Ethan Lewis, son of Steven and Melissa Lewis, $500 to attend Western Carolina;
• Kathryn Bard, daughter of Michael and Susan Bard, $1,000 from Blue Ridge Electric to attend UNC-Charlotte, plus a $2,000 scholarship from the North Carolina Electric Cooperative Association.
Students were selected based on a number of factors including academic performance, community service and personal interviews.
This year marks the 57th year Blue Ridge Electric has awarded college scholarships. To date, 453 area students and citizens have received $414,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.
For more information about the scholarship program, visit our website, BlueRidgeEMC.com, and click on “Community” tab or contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at 759-8994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Ridge Electric is a member-owned electric cooperative utility serving some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.