NEW ROADS - Pointe Coupee Electric Membership Corporation (PCEMC) strives to promote education and today's youth. "For many years, the co-op has sponsored and been involved in many educational programs within the local schools in our tri-parish service area," said Joseph H. "Jodie" Cotten, Jr., general manager of PCEMC. Some of the programs include the Adopt-A-School Program, Washington Youth Tour Program, Math & Science Awards Program, Electrical Safety Program, participation in the 4-H Club Program and so much more. Cotten continued, "PCEMC annually awards certificates and scholarships to three graduating high school seniors, one from each of our tri-parish service areas; Iberville Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish and West Baton Rouge Parish." The three $1000 scholarships will assist the students in their continuing education at any accredited college, university, business or vocational school of their choice.

The criteria to be used in selecting the scholarship recipients will be as follows:

-Applicant must live on Pointe Coupee Electric lines or have a parent who is a manager or owner of a company on the cooperative lines.

-Applicant must have maintained at least a 2.5 overall grade point average in high school.

-Applicant must submit a copy of high school grade transcript.

-Applicant must be entering freshman year.

-Applicant must be entering as a full-time student.

"The applicants must meet all the criteria set in order to be eligible to receive the scholarships," Cotten noted. "The scholarship recipients will be announced at the Pointe Coupee Electric Annual Membership Meeting which is set for noon on Jan. 29, 2014. One winner will be selected from each of the three parishes in which we serve," he continued.

Applications and eligibility requirements are available at the local high schools in the tri-parish service area or the information may be picked up at the co-op office in New Roads. An application is available for our members in the November issue of Louisiana Country as well. Application and guidelines can also be downloaded from our website at on the Member Services link. To request an application and guidelines, you may also contact the Member Services Department at 225-638-3751 or 1-800-738-7232. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.