2020 Scholarship Recipient
Minick Receives Walter Harrison Scholarship
The Walter Harrison Scholarship program was created in 1985 in memory of Walter Harrison, a Georgia and national rural electric co-op pioneer. The statewide scholarship is funded through donations contributed by EMCs throughout Georgia and pays $1,000 to each winner. Recipients can use the scholarship at any two or four-year accredited university or college (including vocational-technical colleges) in Georgia.
Each year, Sumter EMC submits the applications of two local finalists to Georgia EMC. Georgia EMC's scholarship committee judges applications from across the state and selects the final winners. Both financial need and academic ability are used in determining winners. To be eligible, a candidate must reside in the household (primary residence) of a Sumter EMC member.
Will Minick, son of Billy and Spring Minick of Preston, and recent graduate of Southland Academy, was one of 12 statewide students awarded a $1,000 Walter Harrison Scholarship. The Walter Harrison Scholarship program was created in 1985 in memory of Walter Harrison, a Georgia and national rural electric co-op pioneer. The statewide scholarship is funded by EMCs throughout Georgia and pays $1000 to each winner, who can apply funds to any accredited two- or four-year university, college, or vocational-technical school in Georgia. Since 1987, over $224,500 has been awarded to 235 students.
Will, along with 75 other applicants, wrote essays highlighting their career goals, extra-curricular activities, achievements, and explained why they should be among those selected for the scholarship. “To compose a winning essay out of so many of Georgia’s finest students is really an amazing accomplishment. We are very proud of Will for this outstanding achievement,” said Andrea Walker, Vice President of Marketing and Administration.
During his high school career, Will played football and golf, was President of the Key Club and participated in the quartet and one-act play. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing the guitar. As he stated in his essay, Will has a love for math. He attributes this to one of his favorite childhood activities - playing with Legos, which enhanced his problem solving and critical thinking skills. He plans to apply these skills toward earning an Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Southern, where he is attending this fall.