With a continuing pledge to support and reinvest in the communities it serves, United Cooperative Services helped another crop of member-students advance their educational dreams July 26, 2018 when it awarded $43,000 in scholarship awards to 15 outstanding area students during a scholarship banquet held at the cooperative’s Granbury Office Community Room. The scholarship award program was created to encourage and assist in the educational pursuits of the co-op’s members and their families. 

“United is more than an electric utility delivering power to 80,000 meters,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “As a member-owned electric cooperative, United invests in the future of our communities by helping the young people we serve realize their higher education dreams,” he added.

With this year’s scholarship awards, the cooperative will have staked approximately $1.1 million in college tuition funding for 945 deserving area member-students who were continuing their education. Winners are chosen from area-wide applicants based on financial need, leadership and community involvement and school activities.
“These scholarship award winners represent the future of our country, and we think they set a refreshing example for how bright the future may look,” Smallwood said.  “I know these individuals will not waste this opportunity, but instead use the investment the cooperative has made in them to better themselves as they prepare to become positive influences and productive members of our state and country.”

Of the 15 scholarship awards, 12 were in the amount of $2,000. The remaining top three scholarship levels were for $10,000, $5,000 and $4,000 respectively.

$10,000 Winner
Meda Bow — Bow Christian Academy (Homeschooled)


$5,000 Winner

Riley McKinzie – Stephenville High School


$2,000 Winners

Kasee Bouchey – Stephenville High School

Ashton Garner – Stephenville High School

Katelynn Vandenberg – Lingleville High School.