Oglethorpe Power Presents Scholarship Funds
Oglethorpe Power Presents Scholarship Funds To Floyd County College & Career Academy
Posted on 02/03/2011

Oglethorpe Power Corporation has presented $4,000 in scholarship funds to the Floyd County College & Career Academy to support the academy’s 2011 scholarship program. The money will fund eight $500 scholarships – one for each of the school’s career path offerings – for students attending a technical college in the fall. 

The funds were presented recently at a ceremony at the College & Career Academy by Julio Trujillo, Maintenance Manager for Oglethorpe Power at the Rocky Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric plant in Floyd County. “The students receiving these scholarships have been working towards their goals for several years at the Career Academy,” said Diane McClearen, Community Relations Director for Oglethorpe Power. “We are delighted to be able to help fund the next step and look forward to hearing about their successes in post secondary education.” Oglethorpe Power owns about 75 percent of the Rocky Mountain facility, which is among the largest taxpayers in the county. 

The Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy serves area students with career and technical programs designed to prepare teens for post secondary college and career experiences. The College & Career Academy is a partnership between Floyd County Schools, The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and Georgia Highlands College. McClearen noted that the College & Career Academy was a perfect fit for the scholarship program because the school includes students from all four Floyd County high schools and the school prepares them for technically oriented careers, including professions relevant to the electric utility industry. Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy is a charter public school in the Floyd County School System. Floyd County Schools is currently the largest charter system in Georgia.

Oglethorpe Power Corporation is the nation’s largest power supply cooperative with approximately $6.5 billion in assets. It serves 39 Electric Membership Corporations, or EMCs, which collectively provide retail electric service to more than 4.1 million Georgia residents. A proponent of conscientious energy development and use, Oglethorpe Power was established in 1974 and is owned by its 39 Member Systems. It is headquartered in Tucker, Georgia.