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Monroeville senior awarded $1,850 scholarship from state electric cooperatives

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Monroeville High School senior Benjamin Schafer has been awarded a $1,850 scholarship at the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Children of Members Scholarship competition.

The son of Donald and Annette, of Willard, was also the overall winner in the Firelands Electric Cooperative scholarship contest, which took place in February. The state competition was held April 11 in Columbus.

Earlier this year, Schafer was named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He and Norwalk High School senior Anna Little have an opportunity to compete for nearly 7,500 scholarships collectively worth almost $32 million. 

Schafer plans to major in aerospace engineering at Purdue University in the fall.

Twenty-three high school seniors representing the Ohio-based electric distribution cooperatives competed for $38,200 in scholarships during Children of Members Scholarship competition. A panel of independent judges reviewed the applications and interviewed the finalists.

Firelands Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electric service to approximately 9,100 homes and businesses in rural areas of Ashland, Huron, Lorain, and Richland counties. The state’s electric cooperatives, all Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, serve more than 380,000 homes and businesses in 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

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