Walter Harrison Scholarship

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Walter Harrison Scholarship

The Harrison scholarship is named in honor of a leader in the state and national electric cooperative movements. The Harrison Trust awards several $1,000 scholarships statewide to high school seniors and undergraduate students of any age attending a vocational school or two-or-four year accredited college or university in the state of Georgia.

Since 1985, $224,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 235 students. The scholarships are made possible in part by the continued fundraising success of the Walter Harrison Scholarship Auction, as well as memorial and honorarium donations.

Judges select winners for the Harrison Scholarship each year based on a combination of need, academic ability, extracurricular activities, involvement, autobiographical sketch and recommendations. Scholarship use must commence within one year of date of issuance and be totally utilized within two years of the date of issuance. The school shall return any unused funds to the scholarship fund.

Applications are currently closed. Click here for more information on the application process.

2018 Walter Harrison Scholarship recipients:

Headshot of Walter Harrison Scholarship recipient Megan Freeman

Megan Freeman, a freshman at Emory University, graduated from Chestatee High School in Hall County. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Maria Freeman of Gainesville. She was a 2016 Governor’s Honors participant in communicative arts, the 2016 Georgia High School Association State Literary Argumentative Writing Champion, and an AP Scholar with Distinction. At Chestatee High School she served as historian for the National Honor Society, vice president and editor of the Key Club, and secretary for FBLA. She graduated from the Youth Leadership Hall program, and served as a counselor-in-training at Elachee Nature Science Center and as a law intern with the Gainesville-based law firm Coleman, Chambers and Rogers.

Headshot of Walter Harrison Scholarship recipient Trevor Thomas

Trevor Thomas, a freshman at the University of North Georgia, graduated from Banks County High School. He is the son of Tiffani Thomas of Homer. He was president of the Beta Club at Banks County High School and was an active participant in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Leadership Council and the yearbook staff. He was a scholar athlete, earning a Georgia certificate of merit while playing varsity football and golf for three years. Thomas served as a volunteer for the Good News at Noon program and shelter in Gainesville, as well as the Get Real Ministries food box program.