Pearl River Valley EPA Extends a Helping Hand to PRCC Students

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College hosted members of the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association in celebration of PRVEPA helping PRCC students pay for college.  

The scholarships given are funded by Pearl River Valley EPA members who decide to round up their monthly bills to the nearest dollar in order to support these students. The result of this generosity allowed each recipient $725.00 for their education. 

Randy Wallace, General Manager of PRVEPA, spoke to the students about how they feel education is key to a person’s success and it wouldn’t have been possible without those student’s parent’s contribution and 50,000 other members in 12 counties that made this program successful. He also thanked the Greater Pinebelt Foundation for their partnership in the program. “We’ve collected 1.2 million dollars since 2012 and PRCC students get over half of that,” said Wallace about the program. 

 Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC President, spoke about the importance that Pearl River Valley EPA played in the ultimate culmination of these funds. “Without their vision and commitment to spreading this message people wouldn’t have bought in to this program. It is truly remarkable and a great opportunity for our students.”

PRCC freshman and scholarship recipient, Lane Steele, expressed his appreciation. “I'm really thankful for the community and Pearl River Valley Power giving back to us. It really helps me with tuition and dormitory costs and I am extremely grateful for their scholarship,” said Steele. 

Over 140 freshman received “Round Up for Education” scholarships through this program and the students in attendance for the presentation each expressed gratefulness for the opportunity. 

Photo by: Aleea Burge, PRCC Marketing Specialist/ Article by: Alexx Kennedy, PRCC Communications Specialist 

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