Scholarship

We have exciting news!

This year, South Alabama Electric Cooperative will be awarding up to 10- $1000 scholarships to deserving area high school seniors. Students must be the dependent of an SAEC member and fill out the application in its’ entirety. This year, SAEC is setting aside two scholarship for students attending 2-year colleges or technical/trade programs. Please watch for more information in the January 2017 Alabama Living magazine.

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2016 Scholarship Winner - Cassidy Catrett

Cassidy Catrett, a graduate of Brantley High School, has been awarded the 2016 Electric Cooperative Foundation Scholarship from South Alabama Electric Cooperative.

The Foundation was created by the rural electric cooperatives of Alabama in 1997 so that we could give back to the communities we serve by providing scholarships to deserving students located in our service territories.

Catrett was selected from applicants from across Alabama to represent our cooperative.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this scholarship to deserving student,” David Bailey, general manager of SAEC said. “We look at it as an investment in the future of our communities. We wish Cassidy the best of luck as she continues her educational pursuits.”

Cassidy is the daughter of Perry and Ashley Catrett of Luverne, AL.

She has been busy while enrolled at Brantley High School. She ranked first in her class and was Valedictorian. She was a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, American and Alabama Junior Shorthorn Association, Crenshaw County Junior Cattlemen’s Association, Crenshaw County 4-H,  Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Brantley High School Student Council, the Emerald Wave Band, Brantley High School Science Club and Math Club and Future Business Leaders of America.

Her classmates recognized her determination and dedication to excellence by voting her Brantley High School FFA President and Senior Class Representative.  She also served as Drum Major for the Emerald Wave Band since 2014.

Cassidy has received several honors and awards through her involvement with FFA.  The Executive Secretary of the Alabama FFA Association Philip Paramore had this to say. 

“As an educator, many students made their way through  my classroom. During my 20 years of teaching there were many types of students with whom I had the privilege to come in contact with. Some students did not want anything to do with the educational process, and others wanted to further their education as much as possible...I found only a few students to be inherent leaders. However, some students have a natural ability to influence their peers and make a positive difference in the lives of everyone they encounter” 

Cassidy is also involved in her community through the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce Belle program. Her sponsor, Ruth Bayman said, “Cassidy is a responsible young lady with a positive attitude and a focus that is incomparable in our high school seniors. She is a leader and sets high standards for those around her to achieve.”

Cassidy plans to pursue her college education at Mississippi State University where she will pursue a degree in Poultry and Animal Science. Her ultimate career goal is to be a veterinary pharmacist. South Alabama Electric Cooperative wishes Cassidy and all of our local graduates congratulations and best wishes as you pursue the next chapter in your lives.


2015 Scholarship Winner - Cody Adams

Cody Adams, a graduate of Luverne High School, received the 2015 Electric Cooperative Foundation Scholarship from South Alabama Electric Cooperative.

The Foundation was created by the rural electric cooperatives of Alabama in 1997 so that we could give back to the communities we serve by providing scholarships to deserving students located in our service territories.

Adams was selected from applicants from across Alabama to represent our cooperative.

“We’re excited to be able to provide educational assistance to such a deserving student,” Max Davis, general manager of SAEC said. “We are helping the future of our community. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his educational pursuits.”

He is the son of Elaine and Alexander Adams.

Cody has been busy while enrolled at Luverne High School. He was a member of the Key Club, where he served as Vice President this year. He was Vice President of the SGA and also of Mu Alpha Theta. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, BASIC, Math Team, Crenshaw County Belles and Beaus, Luverne Choir Stage Crew, Panorama Staff and AIM.

He has also held a part time job at Super Foods in Luverne.

Cody received several outstanding recommendations from teachers and advisers.

“He is a friendly young man who always displays good manners and good citizenship. He has an unrivaled work ethic and is highly regarded by students and adults alike.,” Suzette West, counselor and BASIC adviser said. “His work ethic isn’t limited to school. Remarkably, he maintains a stellar academic record while working countless hours at the local grocery store. It seems that no matter when I visit the store, Cody is there. I once asked him why he works so much, and he replied he wanted to pay for as much as he could so that he didn’t have to ask his parents for money. “

According to West, Cody has faced adversity as well.

“One year ago, Cody suffered a tragic loss. His only brother died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep. It was heart-warming to see how Cody became the strong hold for his mother during the service. Also moving was the effort he made to express appreciation to each of his classmates and teachers for attending the funeral.”

His science teacher, Beverly Sport, echoed many of the same sentiments.

“Cody is a natural leader and dedicated student. His scholastic achievement is exemplary. His dedication to academics earned him placement in to very prestigious honor societies. He is very involved in the community and school organizations. Cody shows great initiative and drive and I know he will continue to excel in his studies.”

Cody plans to pursue his college education at Auburn University.

South Alabama Electric Cooperative wishes Cody and all of our local graduates congratulations and best wishes as you pursue the next chapter in your lives.


2014 Scholarship Winner - Machkenzi Johnson

Machkenzi Johnson won the 2014 Electric Cooperativre Foundation Scholarship. His parents are David and Stacey Dean who are served by South Alabama Electric Coopreative!

More information coming soon!


2013 Scholarship Winner - Lauren Knighten

Lauren Emily Knighten, from Zion Chapel High School, received the 2013 Electric Cooperative Foundation Scholarship from South Alabama Electric Cooperative. 


The Foundation was created by the rural electric cooperatives of Alabama in 1997 so that we could give back to the communities we serve by providing scholarships to deserving students located in our service territories.

Lauren was selected from applicants from across Alabama to represent our cooperative.

“We’re excited to be able to provide educational assistance to such a deserving student,” Max Davis, general manager of SAEC said. “We are helping the future of our community. We wish her the best of luck as she continues her educational pursuits.”

She is the daughter of Cara Hussey and Mike Knighten.

Lauren has been busy while enrolled at Zion Chapel High School. She was a member of the National Beta Club, FBLA, FFA, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club and ASTRA Service Club of Jack. She has been a member of the softball team since seventh grade. 

Her former principal, Bob Hartwell, had this to say, “I’ve known Lauren for the past nine years. Each year my admiration and respect for her increases. Because our school is K12, I was able to watch this little girl grow from an elementary student to an outstanding young lady.

“Lauren is one of those students who sticks out above the rest. She maintains an academic schedule that would be improbable for most and impossible for the rest while working as a tutor in our after school program and playing softball.” She is also actively involved in church activities.

“Miss Knighten is an active member of our youth and children’s programs,” Rev. Terry Carmoney, Jr., of Goshen United Methodist Church said. “She volunteers throughout the year as a helper to our youth workers. She especially helps us in our annual Vacation Bible School, as a volunteer teacher, group leaders and activity director.”

Her extracurricular activities included: babysitting for various families, particpating in the Beta Club Christmas Gift Program for Needy Children, tutoring, and working part time with Hussey Brothers House Movers.

“I’m a proud student at Zion Chapel High School,” Lauren said. “I have several passions in life which include playing softball, making good grades, reading and living and walking my Christian lifestyle so that others will know that I mean what I say and say what I mean. My favorite quote is ‘When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used every‑thing You gave me.’” Lauren has been accepted at Troy University where she will major in Biomedical Sciences.


2012 Scholarship Winner –Sarah “Mallie” Alford

Sarah “Mallie” Alford, from Luverne High School, received the 2012 Electric Cooperative Foundation Scholarship from South Alabama Electric Cooperative. The Foundation was created by the rural electric cooperatives of Alabama in 1997 so that we could give back to the communities we serve by providing scholarships to deserving students located in our service territories.

Mallie was selected from applicants from across Alabama to represent our cooperative.

“We’re excited to be able to provide educational assistance to such a deserving student,” Max Davis, general manager of SAEC said. “We are helping the future of our community. We wish her the best of luck as she continues her educational pursuits.”

She is the daughter of Chuck and Tammy Alford of Luverne.
Mallie has been busy while enrolled at Luverne High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, served as the Distinguished Young Woman of Crenshaw County, was editor of the school yearbook, and was a student government representative in 9th - 11th grade.
“Mallie has demonstrated nothing but the highest level of character and integrity,” said LaJuan Tomlin, senior English teacher at LHS. “As a person, I admire Mallie’s commitment, dedication and focus.”

Her extracurricular activities included: Key Club, Interact Service Club, Varsity Cheerleading, Diamond Dolls, Symphonic Band, Future Business Leaders of America and many more.

She is active in her community as well. Mallie has served as an emcee for many local pageants, worked with the chamber of commerce, and been an active member in her church - South Luverne Baptist Church.

In her spare time, she also works with the Luverne Dance Center, the Luverne Parks and Recreation Center and also baby sits.

Mallie has plans to attend Auburn University where she hopes to major in agricultural communications.


Download the 2017 Scholarship application