High school seniors who are a dependent of a SMEC member are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the Electric Cooperative Foundation, sponsored locally by SMEC. This is an annual award and students may pick up applications from school counselors, call or email SMEC to have one mailed.
Madelyn (Maddie) Shankles is a recent graduate of Plainview High School with a 4.05 GPA, graduating sixth in her class. She plans to attend Northeast Alabama Community College this fall to complete an associate’s degree then on to Jacksonville State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Growing up she watched her Mom, who is a teacher and librarian, have passion for her job and making a positive impact on her students. This inspired her to fulfill her childhood dream of teaching in hopes of making a positive impact on her own students in the future.
Sabrina Jones just graduated from Geraldine High School third in her class of 94 students with 4.0 GPA. Her plans are to become a Certified Cosmetologist at Northeast Alabama Community College, then on to Douglas Education Center in Monessen, Pennsylvania.
While at DEC she wants to attend the Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program, which is a 16-month program that teaches special effects makeup from designing, sculpting and molding to the applications. Sabrina is the makeup coordinator working with special effects makeup for the past three years with the NACC theatre productions.
Mallori Gorham graduated first in her class at Pisgah High School with a 4.0 GPA. She has earned 31 credit hours of college courses through dual enrollment at Northeast Alabama Community College and will complete her education there in a year. She will then transfer to the University of Alabama in Huntsville to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Business Management. At UAH she hopes to be accepted to an internship in Huntsville relating to her major.
Long term plans are to create a scholarship for young females from her hometown majoring in engineering.
Stone Yates had a 4.0 GPA and was ranked first in his North Sand Mountain High School graduating class last month. He will begin classes this fall at Northeast Alabama Community College taking courses to further his education in the engineering field. Stone has narrowed his options to mechanical, electrical or biomedical engineering.
After NACC he will continue to a university that is best suited for the specific career path he chooses. Recently he shadowed the engineering manager at a local business to learn more about how engineers affect the area around him.