Caldwell Students Awarded Scholarships from Blue Ridge Energy

LENOIR, NC (June 20, 2018)…Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $33,000 in college scholarships to 12 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. The scholarships are renewable and total up to $4,000 each.

In Caldwell County, four students received a total of $9,000. The recipients are:

  • Abby Shehan, daughter of Chad and Rachel Shehan, recipient of the Charles and Lucille Suddreth scholarship for $1,000 to attend UNC-Greensboro;
  • Morgan Taylor, daughter of Tammy and Roger Taylor, $2,000 to attend UNC-Chapel Hill;
  • Bailey Shows, daughter of Philip and Jennifer Shows, $2,000 to attend NC State;
  • Bailey Hart, daughter of Darren and Cheryl Hart, $4,000 to attend Campbell University.

Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track students begin preparing for college in their freshman or sophomore year and develop leadership, interview and public speaking skills while preparing for the college acceptance process. As seniors, Leadership Track students are invited to apply for renewable scholarships worth up to $4,000 each.

This year marks the 59th year Blue Ridge has awarded college scholarships. To date, 462 area students and citizens have received $478,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track, visit our website,, click on “Community” tab or contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at 759-8994 or

Blue Ridge Energy is a member owned electric cooperative serving some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Wilkes, Avery, and Alexander counties. It also includes a propane heating fuels subsidiary and business-to-business telecommunications subsidiary.