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JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative launched its scholarship program application process to benefit high school seniors with thousands of dollars in funding for higher education.

As much as $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded based on criteria, which includes an essay contest and service-area residency.

Scholarships will range from $2,500 to $10,000 each.

“We are committed to helping our future leaders grow, and our scholarship program is one way we recognize our responsibility to support the communities we serve,” said Trista Fugate, PEC’s director of community engagement.

Students can use the funds at any accredited university, college, junior college, technical school, or trade school.

An independent panel will select recipients based on their applications and essays, which will ask students to share how a PEC scholarship would help them achieve their educational and career goals.

Applicants can be in public or private education as well as home-schooled. Their parent or legal guardian must be a PEC member.

All scholarship materials must be submitted online by March 21.

Applications for the 2018 school year are now available at