Choptank Coop to award 12 scholarships

Choptank Electric Cooperative has assisted many students with scholarship funds.

DENTON – Choptank Electric will award 10 $1,000 educational scholarships at the close of its annual meeting to be held April 25.

In addition, the board will also be awarding two special $2,000 scholarships in honor of David Bruning, who retired in September 2018 as board member from Worcester County and Francis “Sonny” Callahan Jr., who retired in March 2019 as board member from Caroline County. To apply for this scholarship, the application MUST be completed prior to the annual meeting, and applicants MUST meet all the following qualifications:
• Complete the new Luck of the Draw Packet found on our website at under Annual Meeting OR Scholarships. Submission directions can be found on the application and you will receive a confirmation phone call when your packet has been processed.
• Submit this packet to the Co-op by April 22, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
• Be a graduating high school senior OR Co-op member
• Be enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited two or four year college, university, or a technical school for the 2019 fall term
• The parent or legal guardian, who is an active Choptank Electric Cooperative member, must accompany the student to the annual meeting
• Both the student and active member are present at the end of the Annual Meeting
• Winners of prior years, employees of Choptank Electric who are members and their dependents, and Board of Directors and their dependents are not eligible to participate.

Applicants must check-in at the Luck of the Draw Scholarship table at the Annual Meeting with their active, registered, Choptank Electric member before 6 p.m. to be entered for the drawing. When you submit the application, either via email or mail, you will receive a confirmation that we received your completed packet.

If you do not receive a confirmation that we received your packet, please follow up to ensure we have received the packet. Finally, you will also receive a phone call once your application has been processed.

What is considered an active member?
An active member is the member whose name appears on the electric account. If your name does not appear on the bill, you are not considered an active member and you should consider adding your name to the account so that you can attend the Annual Meeting with the applicant.

Choptank Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a not-for-profit, member-owned, electric distribution Co-op serving approximately 54,000 residential, commercial, and industrial members in all nine counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The organization’s website says, “The Cooperative was incorporated as Choptank Cooperative, Inc. on Sept. 21, 1938, following passage of the Rural Electrification Act. Its first 78 miles of line were energized in Caroline County on Dec. 15, 1939, serving 184 members.

“The cooperative’s name was changed to Choptank Electric Cooperative in 1942. Then in 1976, Choptank Electric Cooperative joined Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) to obtain lower wholesale power costs.

“Choptank Electric has 10 board seats. One seat represents each county for which is served by Choptank Electric along with one additional seat which represents the Ocean Pines District. The Board of Directors is elected on a three-year term basis at the Annual Meeting.”

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