Carrollton, GA – Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative has selected three local students as the first recipients of the Lineman School Scholarship. Blaine Chambers, of Carrollton, Trent Maxwell, of Bowdon and Wade White, of Whitesburg were awarded scholarships to attend the Southeast Lineman Training Center in Trenton, Georgia.
The idea for the scholarship program came from current Carroll EMC linemen. While looking through linemen applications, construction manager Tommy Cook saw a need to help those who were interested in becoming a lineman.
“We had linemen applicants applying to Carroll EMC that needed to go to linemen school but were financially unable to attend,” said Cook. “We saw the need, so we created a scholarship so they could attend.”
The winners were required to submit an essay explaining why they want to be a lineman, two letters of recommendation and interview with the scholarship selection team. The scholarships cover tuition, textbooks and other related fees for the recipients and are available up to 24 months after award date. In addition to the scholarship, the award winners are also paired with a lineman mentor from Carroll EMC.
Chambers attended Central High School and wants to be a lineman because it would allow him to help people. Maxwell attended Bowdon High School and has worked at Southwire as an Environmental Engineering Intern. White attended Central High School and worked with Performance Window Tinting as a window tinter and was very involved with the FFA and agriculture programs at school.
Carroll EMC is a Member-owned cooperative providing electricity to approximately 50,000 homes and businesses. The co-op serves Members in Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk and Troup counties.
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