Ashe Students Awarded Scholarships from Blue Ridge Energy

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Ashe Students Awarded Scholarships from Blue Ridge Energy

Ashe Students Awarded Scholarships from Blue Ridge Energy

For Immediate Release

Contact: Renee R. Walker, Director of Public Relations, Blue Ridge Energy, (828) 759-8913; or E-mail: rw*****@bl*************.com">rw*****@bl*************.com

West Jefferson, North Carolina – (May 24, 2023) Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $36,000 in college scholarships to nine students across its service area seeking to further their academic goals. The scholarships are part of the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track program designed to help high school students better prepare for acceptance into the college of their dreams. In Ashe County, three students received a total of $12,000.

The recipients are:

Abigail McClure, daughter of Derek and Laura McClure, $4,000 to attend East Tennessee State University;

Aubreana Lovell, daughter of Travis and Mandy Lovell, $4,000 to attend Wake Forest University;

Jackson Keith, son of Brent and Michelle Keith, $4,000 to attend Appalachian State University.

Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track students begin college preparations in their freshman or sophomore year and develop leadership skills while preparing for the college acceptance and scholarship interview process. Leadership Track students also receive real-life skills like money management, social etiquette, and public speaking. As seniors, Leadership Track students are invited to apply for renewable scholarships worth up to $4,000 each.

This year marks the 64th year Blue Ridge has awarded college scholarships. To date, more than 510 area students and citizens have received over $610,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track, visit our website,, click on the “Community” tab, or contact Tasha Rountree, director of community relations, at 759-8994 or tr*******@bl*************.com,%0d">tr*******@bl*************.com,

Blue Ridge Energy is a member-owned electric cooperative serving some 78,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and parts of Wilkes, Avery, and Alexander counties. It also includes a propane heating fuels subsidiary and a business-to-business telecommunications subsidiary. Learn more at