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Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship

Application Information and Requirements

Women returning to school to earn college degrees have the opportunity to apply for financial assistance from the Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship program each year.

Sponsored by Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE), a service organization associated with South Carolina’s electric cooperatives, the scholarship is a one-time award based on financial need and personal goals. In 2021, Horry Electric member Erica Gore was awarded this scholarship to complete her associate degree in baking and pastry arts.

The $2,500 scholarship is named after Jenny Ballard, who founded WIRE 40 years ago. The Opportunity Scholarship program began funding education for women returning to college in 2004.

For 2022, the deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Application forms for the 2022 WIRE Scholarship are available online, or you can download a copy here

Applicants for the program must:

  • Be a member of Horry Electric or another South Carolina electric cooperative.
  • Have graduated from high school or earned a GED at least 10 years ago.
  • Be accepted into an accredited S.C. college or university.
  • Demonstrate financial need and clear academic goals.

Recipients will receive the scholarships for the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semester, with funds paid to the college or university.

Completed application forms can be attached to an email addressed to Peggy.Dantzler@ecsc.org, or mailed to:

Peggy Dantzler
The Electric Cooperatives of S.C., Inc.
808 Knox Abbott Drive
Cayce, S.C. 29033