Glades Electric Educational Foundation Awards $56,000 in Scholarship in 2022

Posted: April 26, 2022 at 4:04 pm

The Glades Electric Educational Foundation (GEEF) awarded $56,000 in scholarships to seniors in the class of 2022. The foundation awarded eight $5,000 scholarships, to be disbursed over four years, and sixteen one-time $1,000 awards.

Twenty-four high school seniors throughout Glades Electric Cooperative’s service area in Glades, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties were selected as scholarship recipients. Students were chosen based upon academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, essays, and financial need. Scholarships are funded by unclaimed Glades Electric Cooperative capital credits. Since beginning in 2000, GEEF has awarded $628,000 in student scholarships.

Scholars were honored on Monday, April 25 at the Glades Electric Educational Foundation’s Youth Scholarship Banquet, held at the Lake Placid Christian Camp and Conference Center.

“For the second year in a row, we were able to award more scholarships than anticipated, allowing us to support 24 students in our area. It is a pleasure to invest in these young scholars as they pursue higher education.” said Jack Coxe, GEEF Board President.

2022 Glades Electric Educational Foundation four-year scholarship winners and Glades Electric Youth Tour Students (Not pictured – Michelle Rego)

This year’s eight $5,000 scholarship recipients are:

  • Meredith Shin from Lake Placid High School
  • Alyson Smyth from Sebring High School
  • Abagail Holcomb and Leyton Watford from Okeechobee High School
  • Jaelyn Purvis and Michelle Rego from LaBelle High School
  • Rosmary Rubio from Moore Haven Middle-High School
  • Daniela DeSantiago from Clewiston High School

The 16 $1,000 scholarship winners are:

  • Casen Simmons and Kaylee Underwood from Lake Placid High School
  • Heather Stewart, Pate Collins, Emma Rowe, Alexandra Payne, and Bryce Boughton from Sebring High School
  • Rhiannon Dyer from Okeechobee High School
  • Weston Nesbitt from LaBelle High School
  • Hannah Moss and Reese Davis from Moore Haven Middle-High School
  • Nicole Blanco and Conner Swindle from Clewiston High School
  • Lillie Howard from Florida Virtual School
  • Stormie Green from Clewiston Christian School
  • Addyson Gose from Grace Christian Academy

The Glades Electric Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit established to award scholarships to high school seniors served by Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. Glades Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit electric utility cooperative established in Moore Haven, Florida in 1945 serving over 17,000 accounts in Glades, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties.

Additional 2022 GEEF Banquet photos are available for download.