SEAGD awards community scholarships

Published 7:41 pm Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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Southeast Gas has announced the Community Service Scholarship recipients for 2020.

Twenty-two students were recognized for their outstanding commitment to serving others, and will receive a $1,500 scholarship to the university, college or technical school of their choice, said Shannon Jackson, director of marketing and communications.

“Due to COVID-19, we were unable to gather our group of students in recognition for their work in Southeast Alabama,” Jackson said. “However, we still want to acknowledge them publicly.”

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Pike County students who were honored with Southeast Alabama Gas Scholarships are Chelby Foster, Pike County High School, Lindsey Kelly Charles Henderson High School.

Tanner Simmons, Luverne High School,; Levi Carnley, Elba High School; Mary Smith, New Brockton High School; Emory Bush,  Brantley High School; and Charle Elliott, Highland Home High School were among area recipients of the prestigious scholarships.

This year’s recipients also include: Claire Aplin, Ashford High School; Stuart Baker, Opp High School; Kaitlyn Bernard, Dale County High School; Morgan Cheatwood, Carroll High School; Victoria Cote, Enterprise High School; Donovan Evins, Greenville High School; Stephen Fischer, Headland High School; Daniah Lawson, Andalusia High School; Mikayla Lipscomb, Russell County High School; Sydny Morrow, Red Level High School; Addison Ralls, Pleasant Home High School; Cameron Stephens, Straughn High School; Chaeli White, Abbeville High School; Katera Williams, Cottonwood High School and Richard Wingate, Eufaula High School.

The Southeast Gas Community Service Scholarship is a competitive scholarship available to high school seniors who serve their communities with a sincere intent of making the world a better place. This year’s recipients served in a variety of ways, including coaching youth sports, providing care for homebound senior citizens, tutoring underserved youth, building wheelchair ramps and much more.

“Now more than ever, we are seeing first-hand that community matters,” said Southeast Gas President and CEO Greg Henderson. “These students exemplify our vision at Southeast Gas. Service is at the heart of who we are as a company, and now we’re able to help students who also see the benefits of giving back.”

The Community Service Scholarship program is part of an overall commitment by Southeast Gas to serve area schools through its Give Back to Schools initiative. Over the past 11 years, Southeast Gas has returned more than $1,000,000 to public schools in the company’s service delivery area through Give Back to Schools dollars and the company’s Community Service Scholarship program.

In addition to the direct financial support Southeast Gas provides to these schools, Southeast Gas volunteers also spend time working to improve many of the campuses through construction assistance, landscaping, painting, gas appliance maintenance, light carpentry, tutoring, mentoring and many other activities.

Southeast Gas provides natural gas service to 36 communities throughout Southeast Alabama, and is owned by 14 cities – Abbeville, Andalusia, Brundidge, Dothan, Elba, Enterprise, Eufaula, Fort Deposit, Greenville, Headland, Luverne, Opp, Ozark and Troy.